In this video I’m speaking to you from South America, where I’m about to deliver a talk to an audience of non English speakers. They speak Portuguese; I speak southern English. But we have an interpreter, so things should be fine.
What the experience made me think of is that while language barriers have solutions (like interpreters), oftentimes it’s when people speak the same language that they run into communication barriers.
Poor communication within a company erodes your ability to execute at the highest levels, disrupts the power that teamwork can bring, and causes divisions among your people.
When is the last time you paid attention to how effectively people in your company are communicating? If you haven’t in a while, maybe you should.