Archives for the month of: November, 2010

In Genesis, the Bible let us know that after getting things done, God rested on the seventh day.  In our busy lives, work and personal commitments rarely subside enough for us to rest, let alone focus on the not-so-critical stuff.  Here’s what David Allen had to say on a recent GTD Times post:

Every once in a while, schedule a day for the not-so-critical stuff. Otherwise the got-to’s can eat up your whole life, and the secondary things then become annoying got-to’s later on, or just create a frustration factor that mounts up.

David Allen

We might not get our full day of rest, but it makes sense to block out a 14th day or 21st day to knock out some of those lingering “Next Actions” that our eyes skip over, and over (and over.)

It’s been a week of communication blues on the job.  As a project manager I certainly understand and appreciate the importance of good communication – not that I always do the greatest job of it.

Something struck me recently after a few incidents in which “communication” arose as an issue among our teams. What struck me was that there are two responsible parties in the communication cycle – the sender and the receiver. Now, I know this isn’t anything new to all of you, but I think at times the receiver’s responsibility  in the communication is often skirted.

Here’s how it plays out.  I’m asked to communicate to certain stakeholders in the organization. I ask what type of information is important to them and  how often they’d like to receive these communications and the format. I diligently provide the comms based on these discussions – yet, I’m still criticized for not communicating enough or the right information. Hmmm…this got me thinking.  What I came up with is that a good percentage of the time the receiving party isn’t reading or listening to the communication.  They are playing a passive role and are more than happy to play ignorant when the issue escalates.

So, I commit to continue to improve on my communication skills – but all you receivers out there need to work harder too.