It is really, really, really hard to listen to someone who you feel is waaaaay off base.
When it comes to all the hot topics like equality, gun control, the deficit, taxes, education, poverty, climate change or war, it is super easy to get passionate. The world needs you to be passionate about something so you can implement positive change!
So, it stands to reason that with passion comes MORE passion. It is a multiplier. Multipliers happen with love, hate, charity and greed. Someone firing a bullet makes someone fire back. It is, in most cases, an automatic reaction as opposed to a well-planned action.
Many work environments have tried to put the water on the hot topics, because they can be very divisive. At the same time companies are starving for collaborative conversation because they have big goals that need to be achieved through passionate creativity, and conversation that is dynamic.
Even in creative discussion, you can still bite your tongue to shreds listening to someone you feel is, as we said "waaaaay off base". It is an acquired discipline to listen and wait your turn. You don't just wait your turn. You listen and then wait your turn. Your company's goals may be so large that it requires the passions of others to make it an reality. You need people who think differently, but you may have become numb to the cliches and equally as desensitized to uninspiring, repetitive ideas.
At Beagle, we understand the importance of having a collaboration tool so that people looking at a contract can get feedback easily, and provide a creative environment where input is welcomed. This allows the sharing of ideas in a contract to have a social media type feel (the good, anti-socialite-worshipping kind). We always strive to create online and offline environments that bring together innovative thinkers.
In your company, you have most likely combed through hundreds of resumes to find qualified team players. You have set really ambitious goals. You know you need passionate people, but passionate people are sometimes too passionate! Passion can be hard to manage. You may be still striving to find a good work platform or environment where your energetic thinkers can work at the top of their game.
You maximize this passion by tailoring your enviroment to the goal of the players instead of the other way around. Shoving people in cubicles doesn't always produce the best results and office space can be stifling. Sometimes the best ideas come at the local pub or on an airplane. The focus should be on advancing your ball down the field together but being open to the methods of transporting it. The best path to your destination is seldom a straight line.
You can only discover amazing new techniques by ditching your pride in exchange for progress. That blowhard may be (with a little mentoring and a bit of duct tape) your star player with the million-dollar plan. You only know this if you listened before your responded.
Every one of us has the ability to choose our better self.
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is a success."