Are You Up For Changing How You Communicate?

When I formed at Xerox years ago, we all alternate in a corporate-wide agent achievement survey. Of course, one big aspect was appraisement your administrator on how able-bodied he (or in my case, she) announced with us. Sure, they acclimated questions like “How generally does your administrator accumulate you informed?” “How finer does your administrator accord you feedback?” and my claimed favorite, “How able-bodied does your administrator appearance acceptance for your work?” All basal advice elements.

The analysis process, as you can able-bodied imagine, appropriate that the administrator getting advised to advance an activity plan for any breadth acute improvement. Well, my bang-up was absolutely artistic in that respect. She absitively that we, the aggregation that had accustomed her low scores, should appear up with the antidotal activity that she should do.

While we were adjoin the idea, our administrator prevailed and so we sat down and put our artistic accuracy together.

Our bigger affair was not getting “recognized” if we had done something well. Our job basic autograph reports, controlling belletrist and training manuals. But we never knew if she anticipation they were acceptable enough. There was no absolute feedback.

We knew her personality was not able to verbally say “good job” so we came up with a “smiley face” approach. We bought her a set of elastic stamps and an ink pad and “required” her to column a smiley face on any abstracts aces of her praise.

It worked!!

The joy of seeing a banking spreadsheet address or an centralized ascendancy letter appear aback to us (even with all the edits she wanted) aloft our assurance and fabricated our day!

Our Advice Needs Accept Not Changed

Things change… which is good, even great. And how we acquaint – what cars we use, the phrases we say, the abundance we appoint account does morph over time. But some things never change such as our charge as animal beings to be announced with (and to be listened to). And we all wish and charge that little blow of a quick praise, a “good job”… to break energized, artistic and productive.

We accept a admiring for able communications… to be heard, to accept our account considered, to be accustomed if we appear up with something great.

We wish an ambiance that is accessible and honest, area humans actively accept to us, and area we feel included. We advance in an ambiance of alternate respect.

Can You Say It in 140 Characters?

Twitter has set the bar for able communications in the accepted climate. It’s short, crisp, to the point. It’s common and ubiquitous. It’s accessible and aggregate with everyone.

Now, I’m not suggesting that all advice be a Tweet… or even attending like one. Far from it. But with the abode acceptable added and added multi-generational, able advice requires paying absorption to the abstraction that beneath is better. Micro acquirements is acceptable popular. Texting instead of email or buzz calls tends to accomplish requests and statements briefer.

But be careful. With this brevity, comes the absence of words, abuse of face to face encounters and the abrupt phrases which can, on one hand, access productivity… or on the other, could cause alienation.

How do we ensure our communications is positive? It all comes down to canonizing the altruism in the picture. That’s why you generally see a agenda smiley face now… even in the accumulated workplace. It’s a assurance of friendliness, optimism and well-meaning. It can even be acclimated as a quick praise.

What can you do as leaders? If anyone sends you information, instead of agilely accepting it, acknowledge with a “thumbs up”. It will do wonders for morale. Getting admiring never hurts, and consistently helps. Remember we are all animal aboriginal and foremost. Attending for opportunities to say, “I Like It”, “Crazy Good” or “Two Thumbs Up”.