“When our definitions match, our purpose and goals are in alignment and confusion cannot derail our progress.” – The Weave, v1
How many times have you been down the road with a decision, only to discover that you and your colleagues were using the same words but talking about two completely different things!?
How much time did you waste re-tracing your steps? How much energy was spent being frustrated with each other?
It doesn’t take much time to stop and ask questions like: “What do we mean when we say this?” or “What does it really look like to achieve this?” Get specific answers; give vivid descriptions. Get to the point where everyone around the table spontaneously nods their heads when it’s being described. Bingo!
My friend Jim McLeod always said, “Words matter.” They do. Taking time to be sure our “definitions match” is time well-spent.