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Bringing Out the Quieter Voices On Your Team

September 27, 2012 by Bruce Jones, Programming Director, Disney Institute

As a leader you know that ideas present themselves in a multitude of ways. Its also important to consider where ideas might be hiding. Often, a member of a team possesses ideas they would like to share but fear speaking up or is drowned out by more outgoing teammates.

Here are some tips on bringing out the quieter voices on your team:

Use anonymity to your advantage: Ask everyone to write their idea down and have the meeting leader present and debate each idea
Reverse roles: Instead of having those with the most experience speak first, reverse roles and seek out the opinions of those with less experience to get the ball rolling

Ask what youre missing: Each meeting, ask one person if youve missed anything. This will help keep your meeting engaging and ensure everyone is equally prepared.



Posted in Leadership Excellence | Tagged Leadership Excellence, Teams | 1 Comments


1 Responses to Bringing Out the Quieter Voices On Your Team

  • Pamela says:

    on October 09, 2012

    As a mathematics teacher, I love the idea of using anonymity to your advantage. By having students write on index cards what they are having trouble with or where they are confused, I can address these issues without the student feeling like he/she is being singled out.


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