42 "I know Something You Don't"
Release Date: 06/30/2021
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- Hey, I have something to tell you, but don’t tell anyone!
- That makes me question whether I can trust you moving forward.
- Joe Johnson introduction
- Being Mindful of your Actions in what you Say and Do.
- Letting someone know of what’s to come.
- Why share it?
- Why now? What will be gained?
- What are the risks and burdens you put on others by sharing what you know?
- Transparency and truthfulness vs. letting the cat out of the bag.
- Who is it about? You OR them?
- Keeping those lips sealed
- When do you have the license to share information?
- That’s for those that need to know – and you’re not one of them. Kind? Perhaps more than you know.
- We lean in and want to be friends, but now it’s a burden to contain it within
- Respect for each other in honoring known information.
- Confiding in others can result in feeding the rumor mill.
- A serious risk in eroding trust
- Hey! Why don’t you tell me? Here’s why… and thanks for sparing me the angst.
- When we’re in the know, sometimes our Pride wants others to know we’re in the know.
- When you forget you’re operating with ‘confidential’ information you are compromising everything
- Leaders take the burden!
- What are the motivations for sharing?
- Mindfulness advice on when/what to share.
- What’s to be Gained vs. what’s the Risk.
- Considering the impact on trust
- Is there a back door to ‘your safe’?
- Check your Pride.
- Keeping front of mind and what’s important.
- Self-awareness: being empathetic, authentic, and just smile
- It’s a battle of the mind – is it really about “the people”?
- Mastered it or learned from it. A dose of humility.
- How do you build trust if you can’t share the message?