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A Failure to Listen

“What we’ve got here is (a) failure to communicate

Some of you might recognize this as a line from the 1967 movie, Cool Hand Luke.

We all have our moments when we realize we have had a failure to communicate and we’re scratching our heads wondering, “how did this happen?”

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As a listener, we must give speakers our undivided attention if we are to catch the full meaning of their words and connect with them.

It takes two to miscommunicate. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how assumptions are the cause of miscommunications.   One assumption by listeners contributes to miscommunication– the assumption that what the speaker is saying is not important enough to warrant full attention.

I watch this happen nearly every day. Sometimes I’m the listener. Continue reading

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How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

I am a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. Wright believed architecture should be an organic union of the site, the purpose and the structure. He had a firm vision for his life’s work and he is remembered for adhering to his belief that form, function and materials should be well-integrated and complementary.

black and white image of Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright believed architecture should be an organic union of the site, the purpose and the structure. Our lives can be an organic union of our values and priorities and the roles we fill in our community, profession and family.

One of his most well-known homes is Fallingwater, in southwestern Pennsylvania. The house is perfectly integrated into its surroundings. While elegant in its setting, it is well-suited for its purpose as a summer home. Each element of the home, including the furniture Wright designed (never taller than the bottom of the windows so as to not block the view) is intentional and related to all the other elements.

I think his view of this organic union can be applied as a philosophy for living a well-integrated life, a life for which we want to be remembered. Continue reading

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Dealing with Change at Work

At one time or another we’ve all had to adjust to changes in our place of work.

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Life moves on. We can move on with it, or be left behind by it. The choice is ours.

Whether we own the business, work at the top of the pyramid or at the lowest level, all companies and the roles of employees within them must move and change over time.

Change does not have to be great or have tremendous impact on our daily lives to be unsettling. We all prefer to stay snuggly inside our comfort zone. A new boss, a new company policy, a new computer system, a new way of doing old things, a new location that changes our commute time and route.

Change is unsettling particularly when it is imposed upon us. We have no choice, no control, no say in the matter. In the midst of uncomfortable change, we do well to first remind ourselves: This too shall pass. Continue reading

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