Monday, December 22, 2014

Inaction is Action

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Many times in our lives, both personally and professionally, we face situations that requires us to take a stance. That require us to choose a side. That require us to speak up. That require us to act, but little do we think or focus on the message that we are unintentionally sending when we do nothing.   
Anyone who has never faced conflict, is running from conflict.
Now do keep in mind, that by not acting, not speaking up,or not choosing a side that we are in fact ACTING. We are delivering a package - wrapped in uncertainty, cowardice, and instability - a subconscious message to all those involved. The seriousness of subconscious messages is that, those forms of messages are much more difficult to change. Subconscious is a level of thinking that doesn't require our focus and attention.   (Imagine our brain as a 1 runway airport, we are only capable of focusing on 1 task at a time. Everything else is a holding pattern, but some decisions can be made that do not require our attention-hence the subconscious level of thinking.)

When we do not act in these situations our inaction DOES send a message. Now, many times the message that is sent by inaction will be more devastating than the message that is sent when we do act. My rationale for this goes back to unconscious biases. When we consiously act, we are sending a message that is aligned to our core values. However, when we do not act we are also sending a message regarding our values, or lack there of. People watch us, and many times act based on our actions as leaders. So when we do not act in a situations that requires attention, we may be subconsciously condoning or agreeing with negative or counter productive behavior. Or at least that is what our audience is perceiving. 

What message are you trying to send? A message of greatness... Or a message of devastation...

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