Assume positive intent

A cousin to the concept of “assign meaning slowly” is “assume positive intent.” Assume the best in a situation instead of the worst. Why not? We usually don’t have all of the information anyway. No email response yet? It’s probably not because they hate you. They’re probably just busy. No green light yet on that project you want to get started on? Again, it’s probably not because they hate you. Maybe the right stakeholders just haven’t been brought up to speed. The concepts of “assign meaning slowly” and “assume positive intent” equate to just letting things breathe a little. What would happen if we allowed things just a little bit space to develop?

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on September 7, 2018

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