Make sure you focus on creating positive, useful discomfort for someone else.
- Having your employees’ backs by walking with them.
- Temporary. Permanent discomfort demotivates.
- Making sure that the benefits are obvious.
“It may surprise you that your job as an open-door leader is to make people uncomfortable, but good opportunities create discomfort. The idea is not to get people to do wildly uncomfortable things, just willfully uncomfortable things,” says Treasurer.
Seek discomfort like Treasurer did:
Throughout my career, I’ve always been willing to take jobs that were outside of my skill set. Some people think that’s crazy, but I’m telling you that I wouldn’t be sitting here as president (of a large communication company) if I had done it any other way. It’s dangerous to be safe.