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Chapter 11. Let’s Make Steel > Realize That You’re Only Human

Realize That You’re Only Human

Before you can help others work to consensus, you need to know yourself. You have vested interests and emotions. You bring these things with you. The best thing that you can do for yourself is to realize that you are only human and then become aware of what your “triggers” are. Triggers are things that produce an emotional response from you. If you know your triggers, you can choose your response instead of always acting the same way. Once you have yourself figured out, you can work to set an example for the rest of the group. Even then, remember that group members are only human. Let everyone have his or her say before you start discussing options or solutions. People listen and work together better after they have been heard. Let people get their issues out in the open. Don’t defend while participants communicate their issues and emotions. Realize that just because someone says it does not make it true, but also realize that if the other person believes it to be true, it is true for him or her. Discuss why someone believes what he or she says. Use this time as a chance to learn about the interests, hopes and fears of the other members of the group.


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