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What We’ve Got Here is Failure to Communicate

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate!”

Have you ever uttered (or at least thought of uttering) that famous movie phrase.

It’s the 11th most famous movie line of all time. It’s from the 1967 movie, “Cool Hand Luke,” staring Paul Newman.

Most every day people in workplaces all over the globe experience “failure to communicate.”

Funny thing about that, though, is that its not due to lack of trying.

Communication is occurring all the time.

Messages are coming at us more than ever, faster than ever, from more sources than ever.

Maybe that’s part of the problem.

One thing that creates “failure to communicate” is playing the game “this = that.”

I learned this lesson 15-years ago in a personal development seminar.

It was a revelation to me.

Think about how many people, yourself included, play the game “this=that?”

What do I mean?

I mean that we jump to conclusions all the time.

We place meanings on experiences based on our previous experience.

Our brain does that to make sense of the world it lives in, and make our lives easier.

Yet, that brain shortcut gets us into lots of trouble doesn’t it?

Just because someone says or does something in response to something similar you may have said or done yesterday, it doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing as it did yesterday.

It may.

But, it also may not.

Be careful of jumping to conclusions in your communication by playing the game “This=That.”

I’ll write more about this item with a specific example of what I mean next week after the July 4th Independence Day Holiday weekend.

In the meantime, begin to notice how often you play “This=That” and whether it serves you or whether it may be causing your own, “Failure to Communicate.”

Please leave a comment below, if inspired to do so.

’til next time, Communicate with Power!

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