One of the things that I think my direct reports would say is that I’m very open and honest… probably to a fault. I try my best say things that aren’t controversial but ultimately may be against my better judgement. Lately, I’ve tried to be more careful about how I present an idea and in Becoming a Technical Leader there are three questions that seem to summarize the heuristic that I’ve developed:
- Why do I want to do this?
- What assets do I have to contribute?
- What liabilities do I bring?
That’s not to say that I have been successful all the time! Instead I try to frame things in a way that is a win for all parties involved in a discussion. In that way we can move forward with the discussion frankly and stay aligned. Hopefully I can keep my foot out of my mouth for the foreseeable future!