In a former life, I was a geological engineer.  At the time, it was a sub-specialty of civil engineering.  One of the courses most CE majors had to take was simply known to the student body as “Bridges.”

What it takes for an engineer to build a bridge is ridiculously awesome and involves a ton of coordination and communication. You have to do the math to make sure the trusses (should you be using a truss design) can hold the design weight and use the right materials to yield the result you want.

Oddly enough, optimizing your communication is strangely like building a bridge.

Do the math. Math is just a series of questions you ask yourself to get the answers you are looking for. Communication is an art and a science. In fact, the Fascination Advantage System is more a communication profile than an assessment.  You still run through the questions to yield a result – how the world sees you and your communications.  You use that result to show how you are different and provide the highest value.

Take that information and apply it.  Instead of building a bridge to support design weight, you can use it to communicate better.  It’s like the abutment of the bridge; that information supports your overall communications. When you communicate better, you are more authentic and confident. You are more likely to be successful.

Building a good bridge takes a team of engineers.  Likewise in every other industry, when everyone on the team understands how their co-workers are likely to add value, the team becomes more efficient and has less conflict.  Ultimately, the team flourishes and reaches its goals.

Know your own signature abilities and recognize those of your team so that your organization can reach its goals and prosper.

Build that bridge. Get your team trained.