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Thoughtfulness Rules

Today, I’ve been filled with thoughtfulness…

Thoughtfulness, consideration for the needs of other people, or the state of being absorbed in thought. 

The Oxford Dictionary

It has been a week of only OK sleep and it is wearing on me.

There is a lot on my plate as well. I’m heading to Denmark on Saturday for more training, and to try and crack the nut of processes. 

My mind wanders in different directions and I start thinking about other things.

One of those thoughts is about email and thoughtfulness.

Email Thoughtfulness

There is a culture of thoughtfulness at the company where I work. It sounds nice.

In every email with a request/command, they deliver it as a question. 

You usually get either a one-word response, or exactly what you asked for.

It is very different than the last company I worked for.

If we had a request it is made as a statement, not a question.

The truth was that you needed it done.

The illusion of choice is a funny thing.

I never expect to get a “no can’t do that” when I ask my colleagues to do something.

So why are we asking?

Being Thoughtful

Does it help to create the feeling of personal autonomy?

Perhaps…

You have the power over your choices. 

Even if that, sort of, is not the case.

It is a bit sentimental and in one view, sweet and kind.

In another light, it can be a bit passive aggressive. 

Won’t you do that for me dear?

Question are not asked that way, but email is tone deaf.

So it depends on the reader and their impression.

What are your thoughts on thoughtfulness? Is stating a request as a question more thoughtful?

Ask yourself “does training make my day better?” Cheers!!

I kept finding myself zoning out and thinking about other things besides the task at hand today.

It has been a week of only OK sleep and it is wearing on me.

There is a lot on my plate as well. I’m heading to Denmark on Saturday for more training, and to try and crack the nut of processes. 

My mind wanders in different directions and I start thinking about other things.

One of those thoughts is about email and thoughtfulness.

Email Thoughtfulness

There is a culture of thoughtfulness at the company where I work.

It sounds nice!

Every email with a request/command is asked as a question. 

You usually get either a one-word response, or exactly what you asked for.

It is different from the last company I worked for.

If we had a request it was made as a statement not a question.

The truth was that you needed it done.

The illusion of choice is a funny thing.

I never expect to get a “no can’t do that” when I ask my colleagues to do something.

So why are we asking?

Being Thoughtful

Does it help to create the feeling of personal autonomy?

Perhaps…

You have the power over your choices. 

Even if that, sort of, is not the case.

It is a bit sentimental and in one view, sweet and kind.

In another light, it can be a bit passive aggressive. 

Won’t you do that for me dear?

Question are not being asked that way, but email is tone deaf.

So it depends on the reader and their impression.

What are your thoughts on thoughtfulness? Is stating a request as a question more thoughtful?

Ask yourself “does training make my day better?” Cheers!!

Yes, I want online training!


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