Meetings can be frustrating at times.
Simple conversations end up getting heated. It’s also due to the nature of the
discussion. Some of them require different ideas, and they will eventually be
put to a vote. It’s part of the democratic process, and you should be a good
sport. You win some battles, and you lose the others. Winning makes you feel
good because your ideas can become a reality soon. Losing is quite difficult to
accept. It’s even worse if you’re the lone voice of dissent. If it happens in
any of the meetings, these are the things you should do.
Accept the process
You can’t do anything to change
the mind of the people in the table. You already went through a process and
the decision has been made. If it’s a clear and transparent voting process and
everyone had the chance to speak out, you have to accept the results. It
doesn’t matter if there are maneuvers done outside the meeting room. It’s part
of the politics at play, and the only thing you can do is accept. Again, you
win some, you lose some. If the tables were turned, the others would have no
choice but to accept.
Reflect on what happened
After showing you’re a good sport,
you need to reflect on what happened. You might have tons of questions about
being the only person who thought of those ideas and end up dissenting. Find
out why others thought differently, and what aspects of the discussion you
misunderstood. Talk to the other people in the group if you have time. They
might tell you what
they disliked about the idea that you dissented. You can learn from what
happened and use it on your next meeting.
Try again next time
If you still believe you were right
and your ideas should have been pushed through despite being the lone vote, you
have to try again. You need to come up with catchier reasons to convince
someone else to believe in you. There’s strength in numbers, so you need to at
least have someone siding with you. The figure can grow if you can keep proving
to everyone that your ideas are great.
You should also except the fact that
politics played a role in these decisions. If you can’t accept it, and you can
play the game well, the corporate world isn’t for you.
It might also have something to do with
your age. Seniors bond to strengthen their voices since most of them aren’t
happy to see changes. It takes courage to stand up to them and letting them
know that other ideas are worth listening to.
While waiting for another chance to
showcase your ideas, you
have to improve yourself. Study more and look for references to back up
your future proposals. If you can impress everyone in the room, it would be
difficult for them to turn their backs on you. After all, everyone is on the
side of the company. Despite politics, they’re desire to boost the business
will still prevail.
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