The hidden treasure in your organization

by Aug 12, 2018Signatier0 comments

The most intriguing meetings in organizations are cross functional meetings. They mostly start with some friendly chit-chat where everybody is in their own comfort zone and everybody thinks the work related issues from the other functions are really only their issues. When the meeting starts, the attendees are really all eyes and ears only when their topics are being addressed and when the meeting is wrapped up, everybody smiles and goes back to their own world.

© Image by Cathy Yeulet

© Image by Cathy Yeulet

The most intriguing meetings in organizations are cross functional meetings. They mostly start with some friendly chit-chat where everybody is in their own comfort zone and everybody thinks the work related issues from the other functions are really only their issues. When the meeting starts, the attendees are really all eyes and ears only when their topics are being addressed and when the meeting is wrapped up, everybody smiles and goes back to their own world.

To know the other in an organization is hard work, as it is in real life. Sometimes you only know (or don’t even know) the name of somebody sitting just a few meters from where you sit and work. So to really know somebody from a different department often seems impossible. So what happens when you have to cooperate with each other, for example in the situation sketched above. Right, most of the attendees of the meeting assume things about the other. Assume which issues belong to whom, assume what the other will find interesting or annoying, assume how the other works, etcetera.

And of course when you base your actions on random assumptions most of the time you will end up with illusions and even if you are successful you have to guess why. So, instead of preparing a business meeting or activity using some assumptions, get up or connect and start asking questions to your colleagues. Be sincerely interested in what the other does, why they do what they do and how they do their work.

So the hidden treasure in your organization are the people you work with. Meaning not only your colleagues, but all the stakeholders in your organization. You can not only prepare meetings better, if you know what’s really on their mind. You also can learn from them, especially from the ones you are disgusted by. Be curious and listen without prejudice. Ask questions to understand the other, not to defend your point of view. So look around you and get to know somebody better today. And yes, when people ask you why you do what you do, be open when answering.

Please share your thoughts on how good you know the people in your organization?

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