Communication Obstacles, Language Gaps, and Growth

Organizational Communication in the Diverse Organization

#GTIdeology Happy Hour — May 4, 2017 @ 4:00 PT | 7:00 ET

Does radical diversity in an organization create peculiar obstacles to effective organizational communication?

If so, what sorts of obstacles does it create? Are those obstacles a source of growth, or outright barriers? And what is the appropriate organizational response to them?

That is the discussion we want to have with you this week.

Our 4th Radical Idea

Our position is that diversity obviously creates such obstacles and that those difficulties are a vital source of organizational development.

We recognize that diversity of language, not necessarily languages, but the use of English itself, how individuals employ it and understand it is an essential part of organizational diversity.

It begins with the obvious fact that words have definitions, but meanings are in individuals. The fact that two individuals can hear the same thing and genuinely understand it differently is diversity.

By definition it creates multiple viewpoints that can variously reveal latent assumptions, stagnant thinking, or creeping group think. Those are each obstacles to effective organizational communication that afford opportunity for growth when we strive to overcome them by striving to understand each other.

What do you think?

#GTIdeology Happy Hour

We discussed this topic on May 4, 2017. You can read the full discussion transcript here. The discussion questions and our cool video introduction are below.

You’re invited to — and we hope that you will — join us at 4:00 PT & 7:00 ET every Thursday to unofficially kick off the weekend with us and the smart, fun, and friendly #GTIdeology Happy Hour crowd.

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