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Hello my friends,
Working remotely has eroded all nuance in our interactions with others.
Sure, video chat and instant messaging systems have allowed us to maintain collaboration and decision making, but what they deliver in efficiency they lack in personality.
Looking at the research it’s obvious why this is.
The 7-38-55 Rule of Effective Communication
7% of meaning is expressed in spoken word, 38% through tone of voice, and the remaining 55% through body language.
Whether you’re a camera on or camera off kind of colleague, current virtual communication technology can’t replace the proximity and therefore, trust, of in-person dialogue. (See: The Trust Equation from Issue 009).
Sitting at home, often alone and without the reassurance of physical association, it can be easy to overthink.
“Why did he leave me off the meeting invite?”
“Why didn’t she send me the report I asked for on time?”
“Are they trying to leave me out to make me look bad or further their own career over mine?”
If you’re losing sleep over these questions like these then the philosophical mental model, Hanlon’s Razor, will help you.
“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”
Applying it to the office setting; when assessing people’s actions, you should not assume that they acted out of a desire to cause harm, as long as there is a reasonable alternative explanation.
Assume positive intent and sleep better at night.
More on vulnerability, meaning, and hearing both sides of the argument below ↓
Let’s get into it,
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Twitter followers: +1 (21)
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Out of Office
I’m all about data visualizations at the moment and have been going deep on David Mcandless’s blog “Information is Beautiful.”