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Shared Meaning in Communication

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Shared Meaning in Communication

When Coworkers Share Meaning, They Work Together More Effectively

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What's the bottom line with communication? I have never worked with a client organization in which employees were completely happy with communication. It is one of the toughest issues in organizations.

Effective communication requires four components interworking perfectly for “shared meaning,” my favorite definition of communication.

  • The individual sending the message must present the message clearly and in detail, and radiate integrity and authenticity.

  • The person receiving the message must decide to listen, ask questions for clarity, and trust the presenter.

  • The delivery method chosen must suit the circumstances and the needs of both the sender and the receiver.

  • The content of the message has to resonate and connect, on some level, with the already-held beliefs of the receiver.

With all of this going on in a communication, I think it's a wonder that organizations ever do it well.

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