We Fear What We Don’t Understand

The ability to anticipate a teammate is not just good for efficiency but also for the emotional safety of a team. When someone doesn’t understand something they cannot anticipate its actions. That creates a lack of safety and fear. It is vitally important for teammates to learn everything they can about a teammate so the unknown isn’t so scary. Blanks shouldn’t be filled in by assumptions that get the true narrative wrong. Blanks should prompt a genuine interest into who a teammate is. Fear is always a result of limited information. Sometimes those limits are self-imposed. It’s much easier to place a negative label that fits our well protected narrative than to ask questions that might prove that narrative and label wrong.

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