In the working world, we’re constantly asking for information, documents, plans, budgets, assignments, and sometimes we don’t receive exactly what we need.
This can cause frustration and cost time and money trying to adjust what we receive to be usable or to refine our request so we’ll get what we need the second time around.
But, I bet I’m not alone when I search for external reasons that caused the disconnect. Maybe my email was misunderstood or maybe it was never received; technology does malfunction from time to time – or that spam filter worked a little too hard. Or, maybe the person I sent the request to fell short.
When something seems to get lost in this professional game of telephone (not to mention adding in multiple technologies and mediums), I’m learning that the source of the request – I – am where the success starts. I’m often the reason I’m not receiving the desired outcomes. I’ve learned from this and am still learning. Here are a few tips on how to receive the results we’re looking for the next time around, as well as those our teammates, colleagues, and clients are expecting.
Let’s make a pact. When we’re not getting what we asked for, let’s be introspective and see what we, as the requesters, can do to improve the request. When you’re asking someone for information, creative work, assignments, or even time in their busy schedules, how do you refine your goals and communication styles to receive desired outcomes at work?
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