red wine.spill.bad newsAs former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell once said, “Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.”

‘Bad news’ takes many forms. Is there any bad news you are currently holding onto because you fear the consequences of releasing it?

Think carefully…
What would you, and perhaps others lose?
What’s the worst that can happen and will you survive it?
What would you feel like in the other person’s shoes?
Will it go away if you hold onto it? Really?
What if someone else releases it before you do?

There probably is no simple solution, and I am not advocating action in one direction or another.
What I have seen is that holding onto bad news can be habitual rather than based on rationally considering the options.

Now, what are you going to do?

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Expert on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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