How Authentic Are You in Your Communication at Work?
To take this informal assessment, jot down which of the three statements you relate with most: A, B, or C. You can tabulate your score by hand at the end of the assessment.
1. Lack of Presence
- I am distracted because I have so much to do. I pay attention to the things that are important to me.
- I am present when I am with my team.
- I am intentional about being present in all of my conversations.
2. Multiple Identities
- I am a different person at work.
- I can be myself with some people at work.
- I am the same person everywhere, all the time.
3. Fear of Conflict
- I don’t want to go out on a limb or hurt anyone’s feelings. I avoid confrontation.
- When a miscommunication has gone too far I will do something.
- I clarify as I go, without letting things build up or needing to make people wrong.
- I don’t open myself up to speculation and criticism.
- I share my mistakes when it’s safe, with people who know me well.
- I don’t know everything. I’m still learning. I’m interested in what others think.
5. Undeveloped Emotional Intelligence
- People need to get over it and get on board.
- I understand people’s concerns but there’s nothing I can do.
- I prioritize making the workplace more human in order to build trust.
6. Inability to Lighten Up
- We can have fun if we’re on budget. Otherwise it’s not a priority.
- It’s important that team members enjoy being together for collaboration.
- If we can’t laugh, if it’s not fun, it will never be extraordinary.
7. Going Along Instead of Speaking Up
- I don’t want to go against popular opinion. I want to be seen as a team player.
- If an issue involves my team directly, I am more likely to speak up.
- We will tap into the best ideas if everyone has a voice.
8. Blame Game
- People need to step up and own their mistakes. I lay blame where blame is due.
- I don’t jump to conclusions with my team, but I blame other people in the company when things go wrong.
- I give people the benefit of the doubt until I can learn what happened, identify the learning and help insure it doesn’t happen again.
9. Failing to Walk the Talk
- It’s impossible when my boss says one thing and does another.
- I try hard to deliver on my commitments.
- People pay attention to what I do. If I say one thing and do another there is no trust.
- I can’t impact the direction of this company.
- I look out for my team and pick the battles I can win.
- If we are intentional about authentic communication we will unlock innovation and productivity.
A = 1; B = 2; C= 3
|1 – 10||Fear is holding you back from communicating authentically.|
|11 – 15||You are moving in the right direction with room to grow. You may appear to be unavailable.|
|16 – 20||You communicate authentically about half of the time.|
|21 – 25||You communicate authentically the majority of the time.|
|26 — 30||You are consistently authentic in your communications. You enjoy the trust of others who are inspired to offer their best ideas. You are viewed as a reliable and one who restores sanity in an inconsistent world. You challenge yourself and others to lean into greatness, which is the ultimate Influence Factor.|