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Thursday, 25 July 2013

Are your relationships crumbling?


As we work our way towards the end of the week water continues to provide insight into communication and its impact on our relationships. We've had too much water falling on baked ground not being absorbed and warnings of drought that could kill off some trees.
 
Yesterday I saw again the impact of not enough and too much water - this time on sandcastles.
 
The sandcastle above lasted a minute or two before crumbling. It just needed a little more water to provide the glue that would have kept the sand together for much longer.   
Although, as I'm sure many of us have found, once the tide comes in all that care and attention amounts for nothing as our carefully designed castles topple back into the sea.

So what learning do I take from water that can be applied to communication - personally and organisationally?
  • Communication is the glue that holds us together
  • Too much communication and we can get overwhelmed
  • Too little communication and it doesn't stick
  • Communication isn't something you do once - it needs repeating regularly
  • Communication little and often is better for absorption and flourishing 
You'll find further advice on the benefits of effective communication, the excuses we give for not communicating more, communication planning, what needs communicating and how by following the links provided.

Is your communication too much, too little, or if you'll allow me to mix my metaphors, just like Goldilock's porridge and just right?

Alison Smith
Inspiring change inside and out - in procurement and business more widely.

Blog 25/31 as part of the ultimate blog challenge.

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