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Subjective communication objective

Successful communication inspires action and is clear to others what needs to happen to meet that objective.

All communication faces daunting odds to reach each person, intention intact. Perception, bias, and noise lay between intent, action, and reaction.

To succeed in the communication obstacle course against intent, you need to make clear how to make it happen.

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Who knows? Many times not many people do

In a healthy environment, admitting what you don’t know is part of the process to come to a shared understanding.

In an unhealthy environment sticking to a point you think you know, but do not really know, drives people to defend positions from a point of weakness that can easily turn into an indefensible point of embarrassment.

The separation from noise to decision is about want to know and who you know. Here are 8 steps to go from noise to decision.

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The communication obstacle course

A successful message retains the oomph of intent.  For this to happen communication must travel an obstacle course to reach each person.  Perception is a bulwark that forces communication through an obstacle course to understanding and include: Values, Bias, Mood, Culture, Agenda, and Emotion Each person’s perception filters communication intent. Each layer adds a filter to sift, interpret, and frame the away from a clarity and towards confusion. Confusion is an enemy to change. Communication Wipeout Communication has a rough road to travel to successfully reach your target. One filter we all may have experience with is the rational/emotional dialogue where we find at the individual level the rational dialogue is many times trumped by the emotional dialogue: Waking up at 5 am to go to the gym is the rational payoff to get in shape Sleeping in late is the emotional payoff to …

In review: Motivation management is resource management

January 2011 in review.  A roundup of blogs from the previous month: Motivation management is resource management — Leaders, managers, and coworkers are all under intense pressure to manage their motivation to, firstly, show up at work and, secondly, deliver to their expectations and, yes, and to their organization’s expectations.  Juggling our own professional motivation as well as the motivation of others to work with and for you remains a hourly and daily challenge. The bottom line to your organization really is managing motivation as a finite resource.  And to look at motivation as a resource that is easily expendable, easily stored, easily dissipated, and easily wasted. Fistful of beans 01/05/2011 — A fistful of thoughts from a CFO managing 10% unemployment, hiring people with nontraditional backgrounds, the CIO as a change catalyst, developing job hoppers, and big media hypocrisy. …

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The value of information and the link to development

Information is not competitive advantage, knowledge is competitive advantage.  Until you socialize your information amongst others you never discover if the value of your information is actual knowledge. An organization’s socialized knowledge is really their competitive advantage and information and knowledge are both human capital issues. Enterprise knowledge management is a critical strategic need and how you collect and share information maximizes your organization resources. However, the value of knowledge comes only when knowledge aligns to strategic and tactical need.  Socialization of information is the critical step to align and coordinate resources:  people, time, and financial. Information for the Gentry Class Too often organizations build strategy as an executive exercise of information and tightly-controlled knowledge.  This high-level review leaves out the opportunity to invite in fresh perspectives and leverage the organization’s cognitive diversity. Strategy created in a vacuum invites change resistance. You, and your organization, can only know …

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8 steps to better decision-making

We now have access to more information than we can possibly process. All that information does not always mean better decision-making. Knowledge is power, but decision-making needs to make a comeback for us to realize our potential. With all this noise, this information, this data, is your decision-making process improved? The Future Filter The constant challenge: you can never have all the information and time is your biggest enemy against knowing everything. Here is how I see the funnel towards decisions (if I had time I would have made a mad 3D hierarchy pyramid, but alas … I ask you to envision a pyramid one from mere words. If anyone wants to send me a graphic, I’ll add it) with noise as the pyramid base: Noise — all the 0s and 1s/bytes and bits throughout the web, over the airwaves, across the spectrum; Research — the …