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Relevance is Not Meaningless Work

CRANIUM POINT: Relevance is not meaningless work.

Communicate how each job fits into a larger mission. Ensure the fit of each job to the team.

Ta-da…the magic phrase is “….and here’s why.”

Here’s why…

Miscommunication is soooo natural. There is just no way to always accurately describe the rich complexity of everyday life with words, even if you accept that there are a million words in the English language. Just about every word in the dictionary has multiple definitions. How do you know which one is applicable at this moment? There are regional differences in dialect.  Throw in all of the non-verbals, and it seems like the deck is really stacked against effective, clear communication.

There is, however, an almost universal trick to this. The magic word is ‘why.’  If you ask Joe to make coffee, he might get to it after he adds the finishing touches to the report on his mind since that obviously seems more important than your coffee fix.  If you give him the ‘why’, a really important person is arriving in 5 minutes, and you need help finishing the spread, so it’s just right, Joe will know to shift his priorities instead of barging in with a pot of coffee in the middle of your presentation.

As you teach others new material, lead others in a project, or express your opinions to coworkers or family members, be sure to include the “so what?” Explain the “why” of what you are sharing as well as the “how.”