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Concrete vs. Abstract Mind

By boxfiddler Moderator ·
I work for a small, not-for-profit that is engaged in helping to heal war trauma in my community. We're funded by a variety of religious and private organizations and foundations, as well as a variety of local, state, federal, and international governmental bodies.

The therapeutic work that we do requires strong abstract minds in order to be successful. We have them in abundance.

The accountability our various funders expect of us requires strong concrete minds in order to provide the level of detailed reporting they seek. There are but two of us.

We have serious internal communication issues on both sides.

I'm curious as to how you folks deal with this kind of communications issue in your organization. And looking for anything we can implement to help ourselves improve our internal communications.

Thanks much.

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It's still funny/sad isn't it?

by Ron K. In reply to I know that person.
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That's hilarious.

by AnsuGisalas In reply to I recall one teambuilding ...

You'd think bosses would tend to sort of lie low and scope out the team mechanics on things like that.

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Someone has to know both sides.

by AnsuGisalas In reply to The issue

It could be a single person, or two people from either side that work well together.
You're talking different languages, but that's obscured by the fact that you all nominally speak using the same lexicons and grammars.

You need a translator/interpreter to be effective, perhaps a crossfielder like a sociologist, or perhaps one of your "abstracts" that has proven to be more able to understand you.

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by santeewelding In reply to Concrete vs. Abstract Min ...

I was a good boy and I went to bed early. I missed all this good stuff!

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Three facts in your post

by drowningnotwaving In reply to Damn!

Two undoubted, one highly dubious !!!!

:) :)

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Almost leaped

by santeewelding In reply to Three facts in your post

To the wrong post.

I have submitted your observation to my Presidium. May take a while before a decision is handed down.

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As you are here, now,

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Almost leaped

and as it is still here, I submit you've missed nothing.

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Allow me

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Concrete vs. Abstract Min ...

to bury your abstract in concrete. X-(

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I owe you a Coke.

by seanferd In reply to Allow me
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Seems to be as much personality as type of personality

by DadsPad In reply to Concrete vs. Abstract Min ...

If communications is the primary problem, and no solution seems possible, then you might need an intermediary. Sometimes it can be simple. Earlier, someone said an intern might work. Another suggestion is a really good secretary or, more specifically, a Clerk Specialist. This will put a buffer between groups as well as function as a source of paperwork, project help for both.

You would be surprised how effective this can be.

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