I met with a very kind, talented and passionate young man this week. I mean he’s young…I guess you can’t be an Old Testament “gibbor,” or warrior unless you’re 30 or older, so I’m not even sure he’s warrior age yet. I have found that I have much to learn from these young padawans. As we laughed, shared, and drank our coffee, I asked him how I should communicate with people his age. Actually, I wanted to know why you have to be so dang sensitive in trying to help young leaders. Seems the older we get, the more difficult it is to get the younger to trust our sage advice (that was supposed to be funny, at least part of it).
He helped me in some profound ways. He said I should “communicate indirectly.” I guess it could be called the “ricochet-style.” That is, bounce it off another, younger leader, on the way to that person you so desperately want to see helped. I guess I am getting old. I never liked confrontation but I would certainly rather have someone be very clear, and succinct in helping me with advice. Don’t let the advice bounce off of one corner, and another before it gets to me. A lot can happen on the way to the target.
But, I guess if someone isn’t listening, it would be better to play a “ricochet rabbit” and be heard, than remain a supposed “grumpy Jedi” that no one listens to.