About Sharing (notes to self)
Our topic on last Thursday’s JET training was communication. Jukka-Pekka Puro, an adjunct professor from the University of Turku, was visiting and took out some of the questions of “good” commucation.
The etymology of the word communicate: it’s Latin, communicare, and it means sharing. To communicate is to make common.
Modern qualities of communication suggest that it should be casual, easy, fast and spontaneous.
Jukka-Pekka Puro cited Eric Goffman in saying that the work of a manager is “role work”. In the terms of self reflection it might translate into judging “whether my role was approriate for the situation” when evaluating how a certain message was delivered or a situation handled. Flexible use of roles guarantees good leadership.
One of his employees had a priceless quote: there’s nothing worse than the humor of a manager. Trying to keep that in mind…😀
The rules of good listening
- Pay attention to attitudes and prejudices
- Bring the cats on the table
- Use the meta levels of communication
Aim to catch incorrect interpretations –> deal with those.
Well, this is all I’m gonna write about this subject. I’ll be reading my strategy book next. The first evaluation discussion is on Thursday the 9th of December, wish me luck!
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