Did you make your intentions clear?

19 June 2020

We know that we lead by example, but we cannot do that with intentions.

Until acted on, intentions remain unfulfilled objectives. Words are the next best thing to express our intentions.

With that said, here are . . .


Your Friday Trigger Questions:

  • With (obvious) hindsight, can you see where you failed to make your intentions clear?
  • How can you tell that you had not made your intentions clear?
  • What was the outcome?

Why this matters:

Let’s re-read my earlier statements: Until acted on, intentions remain unfulfilled objectives. Words are the next best thing to express our intentions.

However, words can be ambiguous, assuming a different meaning in the listener’s mind. (What does ‘bi-monthly’ mean? Does it mean ‘twice every month’ or ‘every second month’?)

Wise leaders are deliberate in their use of language. They choose words carefully, selecting specific words for the exact meaning they wish to communicate.

The problem is that we allow slang, and our innate human laziness, to shrink our vocabulary. And so the gap of misunderstanding increases between what we say and what they hear. As we become tone deaf, intentions remain unfulfilled.

So please choose your words carefully.


And please review our 5 regular Friday Trigger Questions

(It’s another way to keep your intentions clear):

  1. What did you succeed at or achieve this past week?
  2. What had you planned to do or to achieve this week, but did not?
  3. What did you fail at this past week?
  4. What surprised you, or caught you unprepared, this past week?
  5. What important or mutually beneficial relationship changed this week?

Bonus Question: What had you worried or concerned, but never happened?