In our weekly sales meetings we always finish with a safari hunt. It's kind of our humorous way of learning what are the elephants in the room. You know the phrase. These are the thoughts, gossip and hard feelings unspoken.
Usually nothing comes up but occasionally something will. I'm glad to be a part of a team that clears the air regularly. If someone is uncomfortable speaking in front of the group they are welcome to meet privately. That includes me, as the team leader.
Recently I posted a blog item, and a blog, by it's very definition is amateur and opinion-based (at least mine is), but it stirred a sleeping elephant that had gone unspoken. The topic of the post involved something I hadn't had the courage to confront at the time.
My exposed feelings were quickly responded to, and while I didn't like it, it did reveal the real problem facing any team. Gossip.
Some elephants are harder to take down than others.