People, businesses, charities, churches almost everyone and every organization face a multitude of challenges each day and if proper communication is not maintained, or constantly connecting or adapting, these problems will quickly grow.
Sometimes communication issues are quickly remedied, such as a missed phone call that can be rescheduled or called back.
At other times, there’s a total breakdown of proper communication and turmoil erupts.Small or large, of minor importance or potentially ruinous, every cause for concern that a person encounters originates from the same place-poor communication or a failure to communicate properly.
Most problems stem from no communication, unclear communication or misunderstanding of the receiver of the communication. In groups how well you communicate is tied to your group‘s culture.
Is open and honest communication the standard or secretive and one way?
It’s common in the world to be in a situation where someone asks or tells you to do something, you think you understand what they want, but when it’s done, it’s not what was expected. It is a communication breakdown.
Anyone or any organization can improve results by improving communication. Here are a few tips, we discussed in a college class I took over 25 years ago:
• Seek and value input from everyone. A lot of rework could be avoided if leaders in organization would empower their people to speak up if they see a problem and the leader takes and acts on the communication.
• People or organizations aiming to improve Don’t shut themselves off. They are open to listening.
An effective team or effective person needs good communication – and lots of it. In our modern era you can communicate 10,000 ways yet face to face and with an open mind and open heart is best way.
Editor’s note: Joseph McCain is the publisher of The Choctaw Plaindealer, The Webster Progress Times and Winston County Journal. He maybe reached at newsroom@winston countyjournal.com or 662-803-5236.