Great Expectations

27 May

I am always on the lookout for little tips to suggest to Olive Branch Blog readers (and me) to help reduce conflict in our daily lives.

Today, I am writing about a little thing that can go such a long way … expectations.

I have found that communicating expectations upfront can help to avoid misunderstandings later.

Here are a couple of examples:

expectationsSuppose your staff meetings at work usually last an hour … so that has become your expectation for how long they will last. Now suppose that your boss wants to talk about something important that will take longer – say 2 hours. Wouldn’t it be helpful if he or she told you at the beginning of the meeting that this one will last longer? That way you won’t be squirming in your seat after 60 minutes wondering how much longer you will be there! Especially since someone is waiting at your office to meet you.

Or how about this scenario with your teenagers. You tell them to come home right after the game but you don’t know it’s going into extra innings.  So, when 10:00 p.m. arrives, you are getting anxious because they aren’t home.  Perhaps it would be better if you made it clear that your expectation was that you would hear from them at 10:00 if they weren’t home.  That would help avoid the conversation at the front door when they finally arrive or the frustration you are feeling when they haven’t answered your voicemail or texts.

A little thought ahead of time can help to prevent conflict later.


P.S. Just wanted to take a moment to remember all of the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and all of the families who lost a loved one. Thank-you!

Memorial Day






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