Words And Communication

There is No ‘I’ in Dream Team

Language in the workplace matters, just like everywhere else. I get it; just like letters in the alphabet, everyone in an organisation has their place. And just like the letters in that alphabet can be moved around to better work with other letters, you can change your position on how things are said to spell out words that work to build true collaboration.

I Want Never Gets

Just saying teamwork makes the dream work isn’t enough. Clever sayings and emojis used to make it seem like you are laid back is not enough; you have to use words wisely to back it up. Saying ‘what I want is’ instead of perhaps saying—and I am just putting it out there after a 25-year career—’we could go with this’ maybe isn’t the best way to go about it.

Hey, how about asking for an opinion to shift the mood now and again? That would prove that you are trying to build ‘A team’ and not ‘My team.’

‘Just Get It Done’ Won’t Float Any Boats

So, you might have written the brief, you might have more knowledge, and you might even feel pressure from upper management, but it is simple: be kind. And by kind—yes I started a sentence with and even though I have been told it is not agreeable—I mean human.

The irony of it all is that in my case, the work has to do with communication. If the person who wrote the actual piece you asked for wants to explain their thought process, then let them talk. There is much value in that; the value is not just found in pushing excitement onto the client.

Irony in All its Glory Has No Place in Work Lingo

We all love a bit of irony. Come on admit it. Irony shows you are witty, quick on your word formation, and can hit a linguistic punch. When done in style, it can really help to bring a point across, but at what cost? You can give criticism and be honest about it without being a smart ass, no one likes those.

Words Can Build Bridges So Why Use Language to Burn Them?

If I said, “We are working towards building our brand so our name will be associated with trust in the arket,” would you feel included?

Now, if I said, “Our clients are stupid, so you have to push our brand on them with simple language they understand so they will give us all their money,” how does that feel?

It is an extreme example, and it is only loosely based on my own experience, but it helps to get the point across.

In reality, the second phrase may make you feel empowered. It might even make you feel as if you are on a worthy mission. Language also feeds language, so words will be passed down and the whole organisation will end up having a God complex, and we can see what happens when there are too many gods to worship.

If You Can’t Say Something Nice, Find Someone Else to Say It

We are not all good with words. We can’t all use them to create a positive vibe. Even those of us who can often find it hard to do it all the time, and that is fine.

If you find your words blowing things up, either change them or get someone else to do the talking. If you find your nice words are swimming in the shallow end of the pool and hitting their heads on the walls, stay quiet. There is always tomorrow. Even in business, you can take time out to reflect. You just need to be humble enough and realise the repercussions of just blurting things out.

What words would make you feel part of a team?

Would you lead with words that matter if given the chance to boss people around with words that might turn around and bite you in the ass one day?

The words and the choice are both yours.

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