There was a time when I told my teddy bear everything. Each night I'd lay there in bed telling Ted about all my adventures - if he hadn't come with me to share in them that is. There wasn't anything I didn't tell Ted - he knew when I was happy, sad and excited. He knew of my plans for the future and was there every night as I hugged him as I fell asleep and I'm sure even knew of my dreams.
How times change. Whilst I do still have Ted (which makes him 47 and three quarters) - he knows nothing of my life other than the occasional spin in the washing machine every 10 years or so when I think he's looking a little dusty.
Isn't that what communication in many businesses is like? We start very keen and everyone knows everything and slowly over time as the dust settles we tell ourselves:
- they wouldn't want to know
- it's not of interest to them
- they don't need to know that
- why should I tell them that
- they'll just try to change the decision
- I don't have time
- it doesn't matter
- it will be easier to just tell them after the event
How might your communication have become like mine with Ted? What steps can you take to get it back to the good old days? If you need any help let me know.
Inspiring change inside and out - in procurement and business more widely
PS: I've also written about effective communication in the past - I'm sure it won't be the last!
Blog 16/31 in July for the Ultimate Blog Challenge.