One thing I truly miss about being a commander was holding the monthly Maverick’s Call (Commander’s Call). It was a time for the squadron to come together and recognize each other for their accomplishments…and yeah, maybe hear what myself, the Chief or the First Sergeant had on their minds. We also opened the floor up for questions…was rare for that to happen. Anyways, I know that there were some folks that just dreaded coming to those…thinking it was another hour listening to the commander when they had something else they could do. If I’m honest, I may have had similar thoughts when I was a young Airman myself.
Regardless of the type of business you are in, I’m sure you have similar types of meetings…and I’m sure there are similar attitudes. Are you a parent? Have you ever gotten that look for your children when you are giving them your opinion?? Imagine if you just stopped being you and just stopped everything? Sure, there might be one or two folks that might be thrilled…but for the most part, if you have your heart in the right place, have their best interest in mind, they do want to hear what you have to say…they just don’t show it all the time.
My point, don’t stop being you just because you may sense some negativity once in awhile. They might not show it…but they are listening and appreciate the fact that you do care.