Have you ever been ¾ into a project only for it to unexpectedly halt because others have different ideas or are not on the same page? We have all been there, and while it can be very frustrating, it simply suggests a misunderstanding.
But what if it this happens regularly? Then that one time misunderstanding turns into a communication gap, and it requires more than just the “do better next time” approach. It requires everyone involved to assess the problem, identify solutions, and take deliberate efforts to change the way you communicate. All relationships require intentional communication, whether it’s a conversation with your partner, colleague, or even your mother.
Our experiences, especially our failures, are our best teachers. When we find ourselves in undesirable situations, we often wish we had a redo button. But when you cannot hit redo, how do you identify the problem so that next time your outcome will be different? In my experience,when I’m faced with communication barriers, unintentional problems can have serious repercussions.