Have you ever heard the phrase “We need to get everyone on the same page”, or some version of that? It’s mentioned when you are trying to get two or more people in agreement on a particular issue, line of thought, or mission in general. But being on the same page can be a complete disaster if one very important aspect is ignored.
Speaking the same language.
Think about it for a moment. If you and I both pick up the same book and open up to page 37 and start reading we should be able to have an incredibly productive conversation about the content, right? Not necessarily, and here is why.
If your book is written in German, or French or Spanish and mine is in English we have a problem.
We can smile at each other, use lots of hand motions and even resort to funny little drawings on paper. But unless we speak the same language we aren’t going to be able to have the conversation about the content. We won’t be able to “move the ball down the field” for the mission at hand.
Unless we have a common set of beliefs, able to be clearly articulated by a common language, we can’t build the culture we hope to.
That is the very definition of CULTURE.
And unless we have a healthy and thriving culture we don’t have the momentum we are looking for.
And without that momentum?
We can try to get people “on the same page” all day long.
We will never experience “THE MOVEMENT” we could.
So when you walk into that meeting today and someone mentions “We need to get everyone on the same page”…
Be the voice that asks…
“That’s great. I agree. But just to clarify, what is the vision we are united under? What is the common language we are speaking here? What is the common set of beliefs we are working from? Because unless we can clearly articulate our vision for this, we are just spinning our wheels”.
Progress hangs in the balance.
And in your hand you now have the very thought process and language that will tip the scales in your favor.
Unless we are united under a common vision that can be clearly articulated, our common beliefs will struggle to produce the uncommon/extraordinary results our hearts want to see for our team.