Three action steps when working with others, per Ajayi Jones
1. Be: Write down what’s important to you, and what’s worth fighting for.
2. Say: When you don’t see eye to eye with your boss or disagree with the rest of the room, ask yourself these three questions. If you answer “Yes” to all three, speak up.
• “Do I mean it?”
• “Can I defend it?”
• “Can I say it thoughtfully?
3. Do: Match your thoughts with your actions.
Fair warning: Just because you follow these steps, it doesn’t mean your team will automatically be on the same page. It’s more that these practices force you to check in with yourself, and know that you said what you needed to say.
You’ll leave the discussion knowing you tried.