Communication is, or so Iâm told, important. By and large, Iâd agree with that; communication and thumbs have made us the dominant species on the planet. Communication allows us to share thought and ideas, thumbs allow us to pick things up and flick elastic bands at one another. Theyâre both marvellous things. From an organisational perspective itâs good to talk and to find out whatâs going on should you wish it to be successful. But just talking, or sending a message, really doesnât count as communication as far as Iâm concerned. Itâs got to be a two-way thing where the communicator and the communicated to both go their separate ways with a clear understanding of whatâs just been said. If they both end up with the same clear understanding then so much the better. What Iâm trying to say is that if youâre going to âcommunicateâ you need to try to make sure that what youâre communicating is clear and has been understood by the third party, or parties if youâre more popular than me.
The reason Iâm banging on about this is that Iâve been âcommunicatedâ with by Dave. And here is just one small part of the communication which Dave has sent:
“Chris will be socialising a new model for the approval of production changes during the day to our senior stakeholders “. And well done to Chris, I wish him well with it. But what is it heâs actually doing? I havenât got a clue! To help me to understand the message, Iâve tried breaking it down word by word.
According to my dictionary âsocialisingâ means, âmake fit for life in companionship with othersâ.Â OK, fine, I get that but it raises a question. You see, I thought that the âmodelâ he referred to must be a business model, defined as âa standard or example for imitation or comparisonâ. But you canât socialise one of those can you? Itâd be impossible. So that presumably means that the model Chris will be socialising is instead âa person whose profession is posing for artists or photographersâ. This is a surprising development so it was well worth Dave taking the time to communicate it to the team.
Letâs press on. Our new model, not named in the communication probably in the interests of Data Protection, is being socialised for approval so I guess that after that approval process weâll decide whether or not theyâre the sort of model weâre after. Strange, I wouldâve thought weâd have covered that in the selection process rather than letting it get to a socialisation scenario. Now I come to think of it, weâve never done a socialisation session for any other new person in all the years Iâve been with the firm. Maybe this is a change to our recruitment process? Could this be the âproduction changesâ that the communication makes reference to? It seems unlikely as these are ârecruitment changesâ and not âproduction changesâ. How confusing!
But hold on, weâre not approving the new model; the approval has to come from these âproduction changesâ. Now Iâm even more confused! Production changes are things arenât they; not people? So how are we to know whether they approve of our model or not? Unless Iâm reading it wrong and the model has got to approve the production changes. Ah, that makes more sense! Except, wouldnât it be better to get the production changes approved by someone who works in the production area rather than passing it over to a person whose profession is posing for artists or photographers? Unless of course this is what our production changes will entail. But thatâs d be really strange. This is an insurance company!
And these are production changes are happening âduring the dayâ. This is a surprisingly rapid rate of change, especially if we are going from insurance to modelling. Still, no point in dawdling I suppose if weâve decided that this is the way we want the business to go. And actually it appears that these production changes happening during the day are only happening to our senior stakeholders. Theyâre an important bunch but there arenât that many of them which is presumably why Chris feels he can make the changes so quickly.
So, in summary âChris will be taking a new person whose profession is posing for artists or photographers and making them fit for life in companionship with others to enable them to approve some production changes which are happening that day to our senior stakeholdersâ
Now I understand the sentence but Iâm still not sure that I understand what Chris is doing or even why. So I decide to send a reply to Dave asking for clarity. Strangely, he doesnât reply. Does the man not realise how important it is to communicate?
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