Have you experienced workplace doubt? Of course you have, likely even when you don’t recognize it. Is doubt useful?
Do you feel like you have to be certain before the launch? What are the possibilities of success or failure? Will you receive accolades or ridicule?
In most cases there is always a chance. A chance that things won’t go as expected, a chance things will fall apart, blow up, or otherwise just not work. There is also a chance of success.
What odds do you require before you feel comfortable enough to launch?
Input often suggests that the odds increase. One way or another either the doubt increases or the confidence increases?
Many believe that their comfort and confidence will increase over time. Just slow it down a little, see how things develop.
Just as likely though, for some situations, doubt increases.
Is there ever analysis on the cost of the stall? Usually, not so much.
When you consider that doubt will nearly always be present, what can you do about it?
The problem with workplace doubt is that naysayers often find a way to multiply it. It feels like there is less risk in staying the same. Largely, this is a false perception.
Change is always happening. Some change is slower than other change.
Change is often intended to be about progress. Some people aren’t wishful for progress.
Progress means more change. A change in job duties, skills, and systems.
It is easy to multiply the odds for doubt.
Seldom do people apply the same multiplier to the odds of success.
A stall often leads to a stop.
If you are going to put a stop to something, perhaps it should be doubt!
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.