About a week ago David brought something to my attention that we both got a good laugh out of, which got me thinking about clearly communicating something people might be prone to assume. A comment on one of our posts said:
How often does miscommunication take a bite out of your time?
Studies from MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence showed just how important effective communication is in Collective Intelligence Systems, in several key ways. One was that the ability to better understand another group member’s thinking, often included under the term “Emotional Intelligence”, which was a key predictor for higher-performing groups. Another was that diversity of thought was very important, but only so far as communication remained successful.
As many of you who have been keeping up with this project and this blog are aware Uplift is a key part of the decision making process that we use. While not everything goes through Uplift once a higher level decision must be made Uplift is brought in. Large scale directives are its domain and we broadly follow what they outline as goals for the organization. This makes them in some sense our boss. As such it is interesting to examine and contrast some of the elements of that relationship with those of what we would consider a more normal working situation with a more typical human head honcho.