Through the IA I've learned that communication is extremely important to be successful, not only in the family room, the classroom, but also in the boardroom. The IA simulates the real business world so precisel; through BLENDZ and my overall experience, I've come to realize that communication is vital to have a striving company. When you think about communication you immediately relate it to talking and writing, yet communication also encompasses listening. Yes, speaking and writing are essential too, but without good LISTENING skills you are missing a key component to flourish your communication skill.
The listening element becomes indispensable in the business world when co-workers and bosses are receiving FEEDBACK. Feedback is CRUCIAL everywhere in order to create a healthy environment, workplace. The curious thing is that people love to acknowledge others and also love to be recognized; when it comes to giving and listening to positive feedback it's ear candy. However, when it comes to constructive feedback, giving or receiving, many of us lay back and rather remain silent. Believe me, I've experienced this before and it won't get any easier if you don't practice it, and it's a vital skill in the business world. We in the IA have started to work with this skill. About half a year ago, when we started crowdsourcing of grades a wave of tension and nervousness invaded the room. People didn't feel comfortable sharing feedback, especially negative feedback. The first few people that went through the feedback were put in the spotlight --suddenly-- and felt discomfort. However, little by little as more people went by as a class we began to tare down that uncomfortable wall and started to build a road of TRUST. The problem was exactly there; we didn't TRUST each other enough to give feedback.