Al Mulnick’s Personal Blog

November 23, 2008

Communications

Filed under: Management — Tags: — amulnick @ 11:49 am

Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

 

            I’m often reminded that what is obvious to me is not always obvious to everyone else. Sometimes that is on purpose – somebody is trying to be clever or is trying to get me to commit to something in a sneaky way.  Sometimes its just because we take a different meaning from the same sentence. 

            One of my favorite truisms is that if you have a room of 10 technical people and ask them to give an opinion to solve a given problem, you’ll get 11 different answers.  Think about that for a second.  What I’ve noticed over the years is that there are many right answers in my business and that people that label themselves communicators don’t tend to communicate very well amongst themselves.  They don’t usually lack the passion though.  That’s a big plus.  

            So what’s my point?  My point is that effective managers are those that foster communication among their staff.  The best techs in the world are ineffective if they fight too much amongst themselves. 

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