Awkward situations happen to all of us. Can you relate to these awkward moments?
- While on a video call, your pet or child comes into the room and suddenly appears on camera while you are speaking about a serious topic.
- While on a video or telephone call to your boss about a key issue, you both pick up a distracting outside noise (e.g., landscape equipment, barking dog)—something you can’t control.
- You run into someone you know but forget his/her name or use an incorrect one.
- Someone asks you about a business situation you know nothing about—but should.
- You promise to meet someone somewhere, but it totally slipped your mind. You don’t show up. Then the phone rings: “Where are you?”
- You bumped into a door when trying to enter a room.
- You spilled your drink on a conference table full of computers and important papers.
- You stumbled over your own feet as you awkwardly entered a room full of colleagues.
Awkwardness can be funny and embarrassing, yet it can possibly be a credibility killer.
Preserve your credibility; avoid awkward moments by applying the Power of Thinkership™—the practice of mindful preparedness.
Here are two Thinkership practices to get you started:
- Anticipate and plan—By anticipating situations and planning for solutions before big problems erupt, you’re practicing Thinkership.
- Slow down and start thinking—By slowing down and thinking more, you will be positioned to avoid potentially awkward moments.
In addition to minimizing awkward moments, if you practice Thinkership you will be even better prepared to minimize any leadership challenges headed your way.