You simply have to open your eyes and ears to see and hear all the differences we each represent– not to mention those other senses like touch and smell and taste. All those senses and our world of endless distractions. It is amazing we understand each other as well as we do.
To expand upon this, I’ll tell you this past week has been a week of misunderstandings– I’ve been misunderstood and I have misunderstood others. But it is no wonder why because each day we are trying to do more with less time and resources. Each day I talk to folks, they are doing the same. And somewhere down the line we all look back and wonder where we lost each other. What did we each want?
The truth is it isn’t going to get any better. Think of any topic you can that you’ve recently seen in the news. Now try to remember how many articles or news clips you saw about the subject. In most cases, you’ll probably find the number too large to keep track of. It is all quite overwhelming and very hard to keep track of, even for the specialists. I’ve been in the financial services industry for over a decade now and each day I still feel like there is so much I don’t know and still have left to learn.
So what can we do? Well, after my week of misunderstandings I realize it is important to go into situations with a clear expectation and outline of what both parties are looking for. This doesn’t need to be complex but it does require active listening and checking to make sure everyone involved is on the same page–otherwise we may as well throw our hands up and walk around like zombies! Not really, but we may just waste time none of us really has.
Happy writing this week!