What is the Right Thing?

by Trudy on April 16, 2010

I sit staring at the send button on an email I have carefully laboured over wondering “What is the right thing to do?”.

Do I send the observations and recommendations that are likely to be considered controversial and late to the party (or shall I say provocative?!), knowing that they need to be said, and the right people need to hear them?

Do I place a higher value on the new relationship I have been nurturing and continue to risk having the observations put on hold or held back, in the name of respectful appropriateness?

Tricky. Tricky. Tricky.

Which “right” thing to do?

I played out all the potential scenarios in my head, and finally landed on the higher order relationship decision. The overall relationship I have with this organization, and my value as a consultant to them demands that I step up and do the difficult things, and be true to the total relationship, and to work as hard as I can to get them where they need to be in the big picture.

Relationships are not simple, static, one-dimensional, or even easy.

I hit send.

What would you have done?

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