I’ve said it before, the truth is a beautiful thing. Nothing taints truth like delivering it with malice and egotistical motives. In both life and leadership we tend to place a high value on it, if it is on our side. I don’t know anyone who loves being ‘wrong’.
In another post, (this one) I shared about a challenge I had in unlocking potential from some team members. The short of it, is that I didn’t realise they were failing to translate what a change in strategy at an enterprise level, practically meant for them. They understood the the enterprise was headed but failed to contextualize it to particular instances.
In retrospect I see that as a one of the sources of frustration they sometimes experienced was a result of not knowing what to do in their areas of responsibility. Like me, they were clueless. “Why were they so frustrated and why couldn’t I get them to go full throttle?”
Going through some notes I made after a few team meetings a few years ago. I now understand something that puzzled me. On that team I had people with the skills needed. They were sold out to the mission. There were just two people whose potential I somehow failed to extract, in the context of the mission.
It is not that there were incompetent, they had all the skills, in fact more than needed. We had many meetings about what we, as an enterprise were working toward. So, it wasn’t that they were clueless about what we were trying to accomplish.
A weird thought I just had (I know you get those from time to time as well). What if I let someone tweet it blog on my behalf, as if they were me? What if I actually let you tweet or blog as me?
This was a job ad I saw in a newspaper. Imagine that! An earth moving mechanic… I had no idea such existed. Where can I sign up to be that?
Communication happens when the message received by the receiver is as intended by the sender
There’s always room for misinterpretation. What varies is the degree of that probability. Thus every communicator’s responsibility is to reduce the probability of not communicating.
Receivers also do have responsibility of verifying the message as they understand it. Great leadership and teamwork depends on this. Lead & work well: communicate well.