Over the years I’ve talked to many leaders about their experiences in the area of communication. I’ve asked, “What has worked for you?” Or, “What’s your solution to the issue of communication?” More often than not, leaders say that they are unsatisfied with their efforts or their results in communication. They often describe poor communication as one of their biggest problems.
So what does that tell us? That good communication is a very difficult thing to achieve? Or that people expect too much of communicators? Or that we keep making the same mistakes?
Before looking at communication solutions, it is important that we ask ourselves what we think communication is in the first place.
“Communication” is a great word describing a wonderful concept. The Latin communicare, means to impart, share, or make common. But share what? Impart what? Just information? Only how to purchase or participate in?
In faith communities like churches (notice the parallel right there between “communication” and “community”?) there is something important, something big we are aiming at sharing. Communication, in its highest form, is the shared life. More on that later. But for right now, what are your biggest struggles with communication in your work life, your community, or even your family?