On 27 Jul 96 at 7:40, Michael McMaster wrote:
> I'm not sure "responsibility for understanding" can be usefully (let
> alone accurately) located in a single individual.
I will go farther then that, and suggest that the question who is
responsible for communication effectiveness is about as useful and as
meaningful a question as who is responsible for making the sexual act
meaningful or "good".
> When I coach
> individuals in communication, I suggest that each person take
> independent responsibility for communication and understanding.
I extend this notion to team building. One area that somewhat mistifies me
is that lack of attention paid to personal responsibility with respect to
team building and development. I have wondered, at times whether teams
talk too much about we, and not enough about I (in the Kennedy sense).
> That is, if I'm coaching you, I suggest you "be responsible" for
> ensuring your own understanding and for ensuring the understanding
> of others. My position is that if each person is doing this, we
> have the best possible condition. If others are not doing it, then
> it is the best possible position I can take.
quibbling point...perhaps I would say aect as if your are responsible
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