243 Less Talk

Less Talk

#243 Less Talk

This is a continuation of the previous comic. I’m still surprised when I think about how little value management puts into communication and teamwork. Every now and then the question “why do you need to talk about the project” keeps coming up. Hm, I wonder why?

One thing that I’ve learned over the past 2 years is that communication within a team is extremely valuable. I thought it was just something you say because it sounds right. But after what I’ve been through, I thoroughly understand it.



242 Meet of the Matter

Meet of the Matter

#242 Meet of the Matter

Have you ever worked at a place where communication was not valued at all?

We’ve all been there before. There are meetings that are a complete waste of time because you have no stake or contribution. There are meetings about meetings about meetings.

But what about the meetings where stuff can actually get accomplished? Those are the meetings that this comic is about. Some projects are highly collaborative and require multiple forms of communication, especially if there isn’t a clear leader. That’s right. If there is no one leading, then everyone is leading. Therefore, everyone has a say in how things get accomplished. That sounds like the definition of collaborative to me.

It’s been extremely difficult because leadership does not understand the value of communication or collaboration. It seems to be expected that everyone to be a drone. And as I look around the office, I clearly see the “robot” personality type — keep to yourself, check-in, then check-out kind of people. My team is the opposite and it’s scare for leadership because it puts them out of their comfort zone. But some projects need communication and collaboration.

Shoot. If I wasn’t working on the same thing with these people, we would probably NEVER meet. I would become a lonely drone in an endless sea of cubes.

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109 Loss of Translation 24JAN2011

“Loss of Translation”

I got a message from my pal from Seattle suggesting a script for a comic. In fact, I don’t think we’ve ever talked on the phone. Usually we communicate over websites and email, but never over phone.

And now that the iPhone is available Verizon, those of you who are switching over from AT&T can appreciate the representation of our troubles. Personally, I haven’t had too many problems with it…but then again I’ve never been on any other network since I started using cell phones.

See also #110 “Digital You, Digital Me” and #144 “Long Time, Long Speak”