It has always struck me as odd, and to be honest sad, how many people have said to me over the years “I never get to have conversations like this at work normally.”
Having grown up conversations at work about what really matters, rather than superficial ones about what doesn’t, is hard. It takes vulnerability and courage.
It’s a bit like writing. We get so hung up, as a result of our schooling, about how we “should” be writing that we end up either not writing, or worse, writing but saying nothing.
The same happens with work conversations. We get so hung up about how we “should” behave, what is businesslike, that we end up saying nothing or talking management bullocks.
It’s a shame…