Have been thinking about communication and reflecting on the ways we communicate the range of things we need to at school.
Have we become too efficient with the ways we try to communicate some things? These things generally take on a lower level of importance (but are still important in many ways), and are repeated in a range of ways for our learners. By having things in the term overview book, talked about at a Friday morning meeting and again at a Monday morning meeting, and maybe again in the morning communication book, are we disempowering the message because people feel either:
a) I've heard this before. I heard you the first time and responded,so if you're saying it again, obviously it's up to other people to respond, because I already have. Maybe the others I work with aren't as professional as I am.
b) I'm not going to pay too much attention to this now, because you'll just tell us again when it gets more important.
c) I know it's in the term overview booklet, but who reads that? I looked over it at the start of the term, but hey, things change, and you'll just re-organise things anyway.
d) 80% of the stuff talked about doesn't pertain directly to me. I have other things I could be doing that would be better use of my time right now. In fact, I think I'll start doing them in my mind anyway.
Maybe it's time to rethink our purposes and practices with communication. In Singapore, Simon Sinek said 'To lead you’ve got to have a vision and the ability to communicate it'. Maybe more of our communication should be vision centered (more big picture) and challenge based? Or would that then be in danger of losing its power also? I read Seth's blog this morning and found it an interesting possible link as well.
What are your thoughts on this? Am I over analysing things?