Am in beautiful Asheville today presenting a seminar for the North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks.
Last night, as I roamed around the hotel I kept running into members of the association; people who would be in my program today.
I had on a business-like, blue and white striped dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up, shorts, and UNC-CH flip-flops.
When I would confirm that they were members of NCAMC I would ask, "OK, you get to vote. Do I go with a business looking shirt like this tomorrow or the Hawaiian shirt I brought." The vote was 100% to go Hawaiian.
I know it's kind of silly but it was fun. The key idea is that if, on something simple like this, you can poll the people who matter and give them a choice, get their opinion, they feel invested and appreciate the opportunity to speak up.
What if you and I asked more people in our lives to become invested, to give their opinion, instead of making assumptions? (Cause you know what happens when you ASS-SUME something!)