Browsing All Posts filed under »communication«

All communicators are translators.

January 2, 2018


The most common way to think of communicating is as an exchange of thoughts or ideas between two people who share a common language. The dynamics of communication, then, are in how one conveys those messages; video, words, body language, illustrations, stories, etc. However, it may be helpful to think of all communication as translation, the exchange […]

Your Solution Is Not My Problem

July 29, 2017


From Dave McClure’s post, Your SOLUTION Is Not My PROBLEM. Ok folks… if there’s ONE thing i can help you with tonight, it’s how to pitch.  it’s very simple, and i can teach you in about 5 minutes. Here’s the secret: PITCH THE PROBLEM, NOT THE SOLUTION. That’s it. done! that’s all there is… just tell me the problem FIRST, […]

Reading is about a becoming, a transformation of personhood.

July 10, 2017


Yes, reading is a good discipline, and it expands your mind, broadens your horizons, and allows you to escape to imaginative worlds. Reading does make you “smart,” and while the connotations of that word are often elitist, the word “smart” really should be seen simply as a positive trait and skill that can be acquired […]

Leadership is not about stating the facts. Leadership is responsible for shaping the conversation around facts.

January 31, 2017


Facts are not beliefs. Facts are merely objective data points that reflect reality. It is a common misconception that people in positions of power have a responsibility to report the facts. In reality, everyone has a responsibility to report the facts, and submit to them, regardless of your “title” or “position.” That’s just the nature […]

Groupthink makes the mind stink.

September 26, 2015


Irving Janis, author of Victims of Groupthink: A Psychological Study of Foreign-Policy Decisions and Fiascoes, has defined group think as, the deterioration of mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment that results from in-group pressures. (p.9) There are several common characteristics that emerge from groupthink: The Illusion of Invulnerability. Group members collectively believe they are […]

Labels are a distancing phenomena. Don’t use them.

August 12, 2015


Labels can be descriptors, but never identifiers. Labels tell you what you perceive, not what is truly there. Labels don’t tell stories, and people are stories in motion. Labels halt listening, the fundamental act of humanizing our species. Let us set aside labels and do more listening.

Fill the communication gap with love.

March 22, 2014


Because of the inadequacies of human connection, there are a variety of ways in which communication is missed leaving a gap between you and the other. Because of the insecurities of the human spirit, most often that obscurity leads to worry at what the other was intending to say to us. And because of the […]