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Saturday, July 11, 2009

The 7 C's to Success in Life (Communication)

When I was in college I took several management courses and learned about the 7 C’s of a successful business. I thought if a business could be successful using these tips, tools, etc., then why not apply them to make our everyday life (family/personal/business relationships) a success as well.

So, I’ve compiled the following list which I believe could add value to our lives:

Communication, Clarity, Commitment, Collaboration, Creativity, Community & Care (this list is not all inclusive, you can add your own "C")

I'll comment on each of the above Cs on a regular basis starting with communication for my first blog posting.

COMMUNICATION – This C is super important to me. Without communication, every relationship suffers. Each party’s silence contributes to further deterioration of the relationship and sometimes all it takes is for one party to start the dialogue. It doesn’t cost you anything and it could save a friendship! On the other hand, if there is no reciprocity, then the relationship is simply doomed. I'm sure we all have stories about such relationships.

Even in the workplace, there should be open and effective communication between management and staff. This can be done through a simple hello, good morning, praise for a job well done, constructive feedback, etc. Without effective communication, management will find that their staff will feel alienated, perform poorly, lack enthusiasm, etc. resulting in a decreased bottom line. Now which company wants a sluggish bottom line in this economy if they can help it?

What Bugs Me: Everyone is feeling the pinch of this economy and with so many qualified people vying for the same position; companies have been nothing short of being rude – not returning phone calls, ignoring e-mails, not acknowledging receipt of applications, etc. So much for professionalism!

Side Note: Tell me about some of your "Cs" to your successful life.

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