Have you ever:
- Wanted to speak up during a meeting, but were worried what others would think?
- Had a co-worker ask you to take over some of their work when you were already overloaded, but you said yes anyway?
- Wanted to address a difficult topic with your boss, such as a promotion, but kept pushing it off?
Many people avoid situations that require them to speak up because they want to avoid conflict or worry about what others might think of them. Instead they take the passive route of not rocking the boat and being the “nice guy.”