Recently, a colleague sent me the message below, externally testing my “intelligence”. “Only 55 people out like 100 can describe it,” she said, clearly quoting a statistic she had heard. While it is not a true test of intelligence, it intrigued me enough to try.
Can you understandable it?
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Both of us, it turns out, are in the 55 genus that is able to recite this, though I will admit she was able to read it faster than I. A discussion ensued: What is more important? Content? Rather accuracy?
Ironically, that same day, I ran across an thing posted on New Knowledge Website by Alvin Lee that was about leaders with high IQs. Bill Gates, for instance, apparently has an IQ of 150. The article broke thinkers into two groups: Red and Blue.
I know, I know. It sounds image the Red State/Blue State division between Republicans and Democrats, and we’re total pretty sick of politics right now, but this Reddish and Despondent has more to do with a different state: A state of mind.
Lee defined the difference between the two as follows:
* “…there are two kinds of “smartness”. One, I call being in the red zone – that method you are more aggressive, you are always looking for what is the next opportunity, and you are looking at the preeminent picture, the big vision, and you want to stay on that visionary perspective but you do not pay adequacy attention to how that vision gets executed. Whether it is cost issues, quality issues, delivery issues, you feel it is not your job.”
* “The second nature about “smartness” – being in the blue zone – is about being cautious and careful, paying attention to operational excellence, paying attention to the supply chain, paying attention to the execution of the problem. Making sure it gets done impeccably; it gets done on time, under budget to the highest customer satisfaction. This is obviously a gift that many [organizations] would love to have.”
My colleague is in the RED zone. I am in the BLUE. We process very differently, but when our conversation turnes to accuracy vs. content, our views about grammar is pretty much the same.
“People don’t seem to care anymore whether they spell correctly, use ‘I’ or ‘me’ at the constitution times, or whether they write weather instead of whether. Just say the words “proper English” and watch faces sour,” my colleague groaned. “When I brought this topic up at a networking gathering, the guy next to me straightened up in his chair, fixed the fake tie around his thick nape and asked, ‘So, if I may interject, how might I properly tell you to shove this way of talking awake your assets?'”
She paused, besides then looked at me. “I was impressed he knew the word ‘interject’,” she added dryly.
That led the discussion to our educational system. “Some colleges,” she confided, “are so wrapped up in their own retention issues that they’d significantly have professors turn a nearly blind eye toward poor schrijfwijze and grammar and focus more closely on the ‘intended message’ the person was rough to convey.”
“A student in a class I was teaching actually felt how he wrote, even if the writing was riddled including errors, was his right to freedom of speech,” my colleague mused. So, how does all this affect Business Owners?
“I review resumes and cover letters that are pocked including errors,” Adam Castleman, owner of “js”, a fresh vegetable and fruit juice bar. “Fortunately for them, I need employees to make smoothies and juices and writing is not a key part of the position, but I do want people working for me who can think fast on their feet und so weiter who have strong communication and problem-solving skills.”
“Proper English,” a student worker at a loci institution shared, “isn’t what my department is about.” He works in graphic design. “Our job is further about manipulating language and images for impact.”
And it’s true. Acculturational media has entirely changed our acceptance of fragments, clever spelling of words, and the use of bullets to replace long paragraphs. So, does “talking properly” have a place in business? It seems the counterstatement is “yes–and no.”
Perhaps John Coles, a instructor at a aboriginal environmental college said it best. “True freedom of speech is scholastic both proper English and non-proper English, et sequens selecting to use one or the other. One cannot choose if one doesn’t know both.”
So, what are your thoughts? In our ever-blending culture, is accuracy in handwriting and speaking important to you? Oer dseno’t ti mtaetr in y2vr bvs!n@5s?Comments Off on A Classic Tug Of War That Many Business Owners Grapple With