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11/16/2010

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To expand on my 139 character comment on your tweet for this blog: I think it's clear that the degree of wordcraft required is inversely proportional to the inclusivity of the relationship:

Sending a one-way message to unknown alien civilisations? Then, yes, NASA was probably justified in getting the Voyager message crafted pretty intensively.

But sending a message to your left forward as you approach the penalty box? A quick whistle might be best.

So I think the cultural difference you're allowing our North America colleagues is more likely to be a question of social distance.

Thanks for the comment - if I get your drift you're agreeing that the need to communicate over vast differences has had some impact on shaping the American approach to internal communications.

But we shouldn't neglect the differences in employment practice either side of the Atlantic as a shaping force I would think.

L

Agreed. But the implication is that formalised, rule-following modes of communication are the flipside to quite functional/ instrumental modes of relationship.

That's to say, they're appropriate to some social circumstances, but if you intend to change those circumstances for your organisation, you might want to think about reviewing the mode of communication generally observed ... Schein's artefacts, and all.

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