Do you believe everything you hear? Are the people with louder voices saying the right things?
Everyone has a choice for what they choose to believe. It is true for politics, religion, and even our actions and behaviors in public or in your workplace.
Most people are familiar with the concept of the squeaky wheel. The notion that the person who makes the most noise gets the attention.
Is it true?
The best answer is, sometimes.
Workplace leaders should always self-reflect on what sparks their ideas and directions for making business decisions. We all process information, it may be information we seek or it may be information we stumble upon.
Louder is a metaphorical expression, not necessarily connected to volume. It’s true, some people are just louder than others.
In modern circles louder often comes from the network. The community of people who come together with similar ideas, values, or beliefs. They tend to shout, sometimes loudly, and they are often heard.
When evidence seems to appear that corroborates the noise they recently received, it becomes an apparent truth.
While it is important for everyone to consider the information they give. It is just as important to consider the information you receive.
In workforce circles there is often a discussion of workplace politics. It has to do with how people navigate the boss, the circles of gossip, rumors, and the content of the secret meeting.
Louder voices seem to often get the stage and the microphone.
Just because they are louder it doesn’t mean it is smarter.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.