Open and honest communication is healthy communication. It leads more quickly to a mutual understanding and respect for a difference in views, interests and needs, generating better solutions and ideas. In a workplace rich with Healthy Communication, there is more cooperation, harmony, and productivity and less competition… keeping the workplace stronger and more diverse.
The benefits of Healthy Communication:
- Develop Rapport and Engage Teams
- Plan Projects and Problem Solve
- Generate Ideas and Uncover Blocks to Success
In each session, a Council Practice is facilitated, recognising that each voice needs to be heard and we can embrace differences and find our own voices while opening up to others. The practice of council comes from the time-honoured process used by First Nations and indigenous cultures to generate solutions using a non-hierarchical circle of communication. This deep form of listening can connect people authentically in a way that strengthens relationships and builds stronger teams. Conflict exploration, co-visioning and decision-making flow more productively in the council environment. Communication between team members also flourishes more readily when council practice is embraced.
If you are clear and perceived as open and honest in the way you communicate, it increases the chance that the person or group with whom you are communicating will want to reciprocate, leading to a healthy dialogue. Clear, open and honest communication is healthy communication and conveys authenticity and integrity, which are essential foundations for true collaboration in the workplace. It leads more quickly to a mutual understanding and respect for differences in views, interests and needs, generating solutions and ideas and leading to increased productivity.
Sam’s previous roles exposed her to the experiences of workers holding back valuable ideas and costly insights. Witnessing a loss of more than $1.5 million in project costs, despite executives voicing their concerns and not being heard, led her to explore and learn The Way of Council Communication (visioned into Healthy Communication by Sam). Hierarchical team structures can mean that honest sharing does not take place in team meetings—instead, valuable work insights are voiced in corridors and other informal workplace environments, leading to loss of profit, ideas and trust. A non-hierarchal communication process is often invaluable and far-reaching. Sam has facilitated for a number of organisations where privacy and confidentiality are utmost, such as C-suite and stakeholders. Her process deepens working relationships and aids in future communication and collaboration. It facilitates emotional understanding and connection, brings workers together and creates acceptance of each other for who we are and where we are coming from.