COMMUNICATIVE How are you doing when it comes to communication? Are you well connected to all of your teammates? Have you neglected some people or excluded them from your circle of communication? Or have you isolated yourself from others for the sake of being more productive? Anytime you’re on a team but not communicating with team members, the team suffers.
To improve your communication . . .
Be candid. Open communication fosters trust. Having hidden agendas, communicating to people via a third party, and sugarcoating bad news hurt team relationships. Think about a poor relationship you have with someone on your team. If you haven’t been candid with that person, then determine to change your ways. Your goal should be to speak truthfully but kindly to your teammates.
Be quick. If you tend to sit on things instead of saying them, force yourself to follow the twenty-four-hour rule. When you discover an issue with teammates, find the first reasonable opportunity to address it with them. And invite others to do the same with you.
Be inclusive. Some people hoard information unless forced to divulge it. Don’t take that approach. Include others if you can. Certainly you need to be discreet with sensitive information, but remember this: people are up on things they’re in on. Open communication increases trust, trust increases ownership, and ownership increases participation.
—The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player
ENGAGE YOUR TEAM WITH EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION TODAY.
2 Timothy 2:16
But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart
If life seems jolly rotten, there’s something you’ve forgotten! And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing…” —Monty Python