I recently came across a quote by Jim Rohn that made me pause: “If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully, you can work miracles.” All too frequently, we are simply getting by.
This past week I worked with a professional who recently moved into a new role where she is responsible for a small team of individuals. Her company provides mentors to new leaders, which is a great asset. Unfortunately, her mentor’s communication style is different from her own, and she is having a difficult time determining how to use the information provided in a way that is authentic to her own voice. So, while her mentor experience is helping her, it could really be a boost to the start of her journey as a leader if the communication was more skillfully delivered in the frame of her stylistic approach.
Several months ago I had the opportunity to work with an exuberant professional, someone who was passionate and quickly able to motivate a group to move forward in a common vision. She was challenged by the communication style of her direct manager and often felt stymied by their interactions. She told with me, “Nothing I share with her is good enough. She always makes corrections on my work. It feels like she is nitpicking rather than providing constructive feedback.” Through our conversations, I helped my client gain perspective on what was important for her leader and what motivated her. My client began to align her communication style more closely to that of her leader, and I recall when she came back to me and said, “We were reviewing a presentation I had created, and my leader suggested a change in the flow of the presentation. Then, she said, ‘No, don’t change it. The way you have it laid out works just as well.’ “ My client had a breakthrough moment where she recognized that she had maintained her authentic voice while aligning her communication to her direct leader’s preference. This breakthrough propelled her working relationship with her leader forward to create a winning situation for herself and for her career.
We all encounter people within our work with whom we find communication to be easy, and we all have someone who comes to mind as being more difficult to communicate. When you apply the platinum rule of packaging your communication in a way that allows the recipient to hear it, your communication becomes much more than just getting by. The ability to align your communication to another person’s preference is where the magic begins. Are you ready to do more than just get by?
Lesley provides individualized coaching to professionals who are seeking greater satisfaction in their careers. She helps them uncover their God-given gifts, name their non-negotiable values, and align their career path with those gifts and values to have a greater impact on the world. Lesley has helped professionals from many different fields, including IT, healthcare, and education. Schedule a free introductory session with Lesley today and learn how you can enhance your communication skills to enhance your career journey