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Why Are We Failing at Communication?

The day we live in is a paradox. We buy technology to make our lives easier and to provide us with more leisure time—but we live more hectic lives than ever.

We long to stay socially connected, but we use technology that enables us to do it in isolation. For most students, they have more “friends” on Facebook than in real life.

Further, we live in the “information age” but not the “communication age.”

I just spoke to a CEO in Atlanta who told me he fired five employees in 2011. In every case, he told me, the people he let go were failures in communication. People either mis-communicated information, communicated it poorly, or flat out failed to communicate necessary details. What a sad commentary on their skill sets!

As time marches further into the 21st century, people are becoming lazier and poorer in their communication skills. The emotional intelligence of adolescents has dropped in the last ten years. In fact, those who are good at relationships and communication are at a premium. This is crucial for leaders to understand.

Communication is to a team what blood is to the body.
Take away the blood flow and you remove all life. Steve Burnett once said, “Regardless of the changes in technology, the market for well-crafted messages will always have an audience.”

Lee Iacocca, former CEO of Chrysler, said the obvious: “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” In fact, “The void created by the failure to communicate is soon filled with poison, drivel and misrepresentation” according to C. Northcote Parkinson. In short, people are down on what they’re not up on.

All of this is why I’ve decided to do something I haven’t done in five years.

I decided to create a new Habitudes® book: Habitudes For Communicators. Like the others, it will be filled with images that represent timeless principles, to be read, discussed and applied on a team or in an organization. This one, however, will furnish an entire suite of offerings:

*  The book: Habitudes For Communicators, to be discussed with your team
*  The Event: Training for communicators with individual evaluations
*  The Assessment: A forty eight question self-assessment for communicators
*  The Teachers Guide: A discussion guide for leaders to use with teams
*  The DVD: Video segments that compliment the book & training (Dec., 2012)

Stay tuned. This resource will be released in January 2012!

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” — James Humes

Tim

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An Update on Habitudes for Communicators

Habitudes for Communicators is set to release in January 2012. We are offering a special pre-order discount and a bonus gift.

The Habitudes for Communicators book retails for $20. For a limited time, the pre-order price is $12. With your purchase you will also receive an audio download of “A New Kind of Leader.” There are also special discounts for purchases of ten or more.

CLICK HERE to pre-order your copy of HABITUDES FOR COMMUNICATORS today!

2 Comments

  1. Jackschull on November 22, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Tim, I’ve enjoyed the Habitudes for leaders – looking forward to the one for communicators! blessings

  2. David Overton on January 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Tim,
    Is thee a simple way to get this in the UK in a reasonable timeframe?

    Thanks
    David

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Why Are We Failing at Communication?