With five generations in the workplace, management models that worked for one generation will have to be adapted to support the motivations and drivers of newer generations.
Challenging the statusquo can be scary because it often requires courage and a willingness to go against the grain. There’s also the possibility of receiving backlash from those who are less open to new ideas.
Rather than wondering if a challenge should be made, think about the person receiving the information and present it in a way that can be heard, understood, and valued. Here are some ideas:
1. Use the receiver’s language and tactics. If they like data, metaphors, etc., use them.
2. Think about the counter-response. Given what you know, how do you think they’ll react? Prepare for it.
3. Toughen up. Don’t let raised voices or criticism deter you. Acknowledge the person and reflect at a later time.
4. Talk to your colleagues. They can play devil’s advocate and provide alternative ideas based on their experience.
5. Play the odds. Timing is not always perfect. Think of when you can revisit the topic.
6. Accept your position. You may not be the most powerful person in the room, which is more reason to speak up.
7. Have a backup plan. Speaking up is a risk. Have a Plan B.