Workplace Communication



Leadership Tip of the Month by Ron Jasniowski


This is the first part of a three-part series on communication.


Numerous studies demonstrate poor communication is the top cause of demotivation in the workplace. Let’s take a look at what the parts of communication are and briefly discuss the first two.


1. Message

2. Perception

3. Field of experience

4. Time to process

5. Feedback

6. Receptivity (active listening and acceptance of bad news)


1. Message

The way a message is sent, in and of itself, communicates something. If you send a message via postal mail, it may convey this is important, but not urgent. If you call someone, that may communicate this is important and urgent. Make sure the way you send a message doesn't communicate something unintentional.


2. Perception

Perception is reality in the eyes of the beholder, whether it is true or not. If you are trying to explain something to someone who feels you are wrong, you have a barrier to your communication. Awareness is key to helping you overcome this barrier. Clues to look for are questions like: Are you sure this will work? Or, will this save time? Once you identified a conflicting perception, you need to address it by demonstrating to the individual that they are important enough for you to take the time to thoroughly explain the message.


Most people want e_mail tips to be short and sweet, so we will discuss the others next time.


Future issues will provide you with more details on how you can reach the next level of leadership success.


You may want to print this and discuss it at your next leadership team meeting.



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