How would you describe success? Does everyone describe it the same way? Workplace success may be as individual as soda, pop, or cola.
Communicating in your workplace has its share of challenges. We are all experiencing things like too much, too little, and misunderstood communication.
Are the words you use effective?
We use words to communicate meaning, yet there are times when we blur those lines.
Someone says, “I need a pencil.” Then someone hands them a pen.
“I’m stopping for coffee.” May be as different as hot and black is to
mocha caffe latte, iced.
Most people wouldn’t dare to think about wearing (only) underwear on the beach. (I know I wouldn’t.) Yet, a bikini seems just fine. There seems to be something visually different, is there?
We use words to convey meaning. When we are thinking about the meaning of workplace success, there is more than one meaning.
Success, respect, and good, all depend on your individual definition. We attempt to use the words to convey meaning, yet the image in everyone’s mind may differ.
Prepare for the meeting.
Make sure you do it right.
We think communication is easy. We talk, we write, someone listens, and someone reads.
All our words, phrases, and especially our body language and tone matter.
When you suggest that your team should engage and communicate to create more success what is the meaning?
Success for some people is about a position, a title, or their paycheck. Still there are others that view success as the completion of a task, a reached milestone, or appreciation from the boss.
Sometimes the difference between what you want and what you get is based on the words you chose.
Define success. Do it carefully, descriptively, and with the correct image.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.