Jenny excitedly told me how happy she was about a meeting she participated in. She was a bit intimidated by the
Her colleague did a number of things: she gave credit to Jenny for her idea by noting it and appreciated the contribution. Then she built on the idea. This supported Jenny in feeling a part of the group and it created an environment for all to contribute and take such risks.
Jenny actually wrote a note of thanks to her colleague who then confessed that she felt intimidated in the meeting and that she would always “have her back.” Trust was enhanced and the two are on their way to a friendship of supporting each other.
Can you take the simple step of noticing and calling out someone’s idea that contributes to the team and then appreciate such allies who are supportive?