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I’m sure that you’ve heard it before: a supervisor who espouses his open door policy. The open door is a literal and figurative metaphor for how the supervisor wants to communicate…namely, “openly.” But depending on how this plays out in real life, to some staff the open door is just a quicker way to have their ideas get shot down, picked apart, disagreed with, or left up in the air.
Why not, instead, have an open mind policy? To give thoughtful consideration go all ideas that come forward, to engage in a meaningful dialogue, to give honest but supportive criticism, to have one’s employees indulge in a little creative risk taking and take responsibility for this endeavor that could not only produce something special but be educational and transformative for that person’s growth.
Open doors have their place…but open minds get more mileage.