These days, workplaces are highly dynamic.
More often than not, teams are made up of employees from all walks of life. You might even have people from opposite ends of the world coming together to form a team. This array of differences coming together makes it important for companies and organisations to develop a common language.
What is a common language? In a technical sense, it’s a language that consists of phrases and terms that are unique to your industry, profession and company. Lawyers, for instance, talk about “pro bono” vs “pro deo” work. Doctors, on the other hand, might discuss “bed blocking” and “continuing care”.
From this perspective, a common language provides a shorthand of sorts, allowing team members to communicate more quickly and effectively.
In most organisations and teams, the technical common language is sound, but what about when dealing with people and relationships?
When it comes to building relationships, a common language helps to develop camaraderie, create closer ties, and minimize misunderstandings and conflict amongst employees.
Think about it – when team members use common terms, there is less room for misinterpretations and misunderstandings; Everyone will be aligned and on the same page.
This results in less confusion and uncertainty in the workplace, paving the way for teams to be more unified and cohesive.
With all that said, developing a common language throughout an entire organisation specifically for relationship effectiveness takes time – lots of time. However, some companies accelerate the process by giving people a “user manual” of sorts for managing relationships with colleagues. One such way is to incorporate a structured training programme such as Core Strengths training.
These types of training programmes should ideally provide employees with the tools and a ready-to-use language to effectively communicate with one another, even when facing conflict.
Core Strengths training incorporates a profiling tool known as the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI). This tool provides a framework or the “user manual” for managing one’s relationships not just in good times but also when in conflict.
The SDI provides teams with a ready to use language in an efficient and productive way, so that they can start managing their interpersonal relationships more effectively.
One company that’s using the SDI (with great success!) is Twitter.
Watch this video to see how Twitter benefits from developing a common language with the SDI: https://totalsdi.com/case_studies/
The SDI makes it easy for Twitter’s employees to quickly recognize what’s driving others, helping dispel possibly inaccurate and interpersonal judgements that get in the way within a fast-paced environment.
This makes it easier for employees to set aside their differences and come together to achieve a common goal.
The bottom line?
Never underestimate the power of a common language — it can make a world of difference.