Improving communication

It's hard to improve communication when people are stressed out, managers haven't been trained to manage, staff hasn't been trained, executives are uncertain how to treat the staff and so on.

Communication is literally everything when it comes to a corporation's ability to succeed, it's profits, its team morale and so on.

Before it'll be easy to improve communication, we have to first find out what is destroying it. Or namely who.

An illusionist is someone who is not able to work, and thus in order to survive they have to and engage in illusions that make themselves look amazing, and make everyone else look horrible. More than anyone else these people will fight to prevent communication, transparency and unity. No amount of money that you spend on increasing team morale and communication will have any long-lasting effects until you first find these individuals and train them on how to do the job they're supposed to be doing.

Once they are found, it becomes embarrassingly easy to improve communication. If a bunch of your stressed-out employees are trying to come together to improve the quality of their work, profits and so on while one or more random people is trying to keep people focused on politics, drama and finger-pointing, nothing will seem to work. But when you're able to weed out the people who don't actually want to improve things, then clearly it will become far easier to do so.

With communication, is important to understand that the foundation of the thought process, as well as the intention of the communication is far more important. It doesn't matter how "nice" someone is "trying" to be if they attack all solutions and continue to foster an us versus them mentality.

Besides trying to equip employees with resources and training on communication, these are a few military/acting exercises that can help improve things. Which is also beyond the basic training elements as in the crash course for management.

Team Games

  1. Ball Pass.

    • Simply pass the ball around to each other, see how many times they can pass all the way around within 20 seconds.

    • Now start a ball in the opposite direction

    • Start another ball in the opposite direction

    • Start another ball in the opposite direction

    • Try the same drill with no physical balls, but with all of them imagined

  2. Relay Race

    • Create two lines

    • Have equal sets of stuff in front of the first person in front of each line

    • Have them race sending everything to one side and then back to the original side. This will cause many objects to cross each other

There are countless team games out there to try but those two are the most recommended for many reasons. Trust exercises don't necessarily foster trust, especially because most people will not let someone down one in front of everyone else. Additionally, trust is not entirely necessary. Like the quote "love everyone trust no one." Obviously at least some degree of trust has to exist between the staff and executives, but more important than that, is a focus on training which will improve competence, which will improve quality of work and thus have the best effects on raising morale, which is then known to help prevent crimes or harmful actions at work.

Communication Games

  1. Phone tag with a piece of information that includes precise time and specifics.

  2. Have them spread out and push to go as fast as they can

  3. Make one person's job secretly to alter the communication is much as possible.

  4. At the end of the game see if people can figure out who it was

But the key thing to remember with communication, as in our individual improvement page, is that the intention has to have some belief in the recipient that we are talking to, regardless of their track record. While it is imperative to openly show more respect to those who get work done, or give them raises, it will never help to look down upon those who do not, or those who have setbacks. As in the story of the sun and the wind, there may be nothing more powerful in our lives than fighting to believe in others, and speaking to them with the belief and expectation that they will grow.

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