Diversity/Inclusion

At the Michigan Nonprofit Association SuperConference a few years ago we were invited to lead a breakout session on Diversity/Inclusion. Rave reviews for the practical learning, which keeps us inspired to continue the work.

The predominant discussion  –and we’re seeing this play out more and more: gender gap differences in communicating.  Phone conversations are disappearing; a meeting  nearly impossible. Instead, the preferred mode is a flurry of email-text exchanges that contain only bits and bytes of information, and often mislead and confuse.  Not to mention that they’re typically written in haste, and while multi-tasking, which means divided attention.

There’s no conversation to fill in the blanks, clarify meaning, enrich context with nuances of voice and mannerisms, emphasize intent.

Ug.

Instead of saving time, the email/text flurry takes more time in attempts to “get clear,” and in the end all we have is a relationship with a keyboard!

When you seek PAA to explore infinite possibilities of partnering for your success, don’t be surprised when we ask: “May we set a date to meet?”  or “Let’s have a phone conversation.”

PS – Curious:  How effective is communication (and getting optimal results!) in your workplace?????