The Transparent Communicator
Last month I addressed the opaque communicator (OC). Employing the Johari Window quadrants, I suggested the opaque communicator generally operates from the “hidden” quadrant and, occasionally, may come from the “blind” quadrant. The result is we feel uncomfortable interacting with an OC style. Decision making suffers, the trust level is low and the bottom line may be impacted.
In contrast the transparent communicator is “open” from the Johari Window perspective; what is known by the person is generally known by others. There is little information or communication withheld and there is a lot of spontaneity. This creates an atmosphere of high trust and relaxation. People are more productive and morale is high. No hidden agendas.
Now a word of warning. I am not suggesting TC translates into a “let it all hang out” style of communication. The TC understands the appropriateness of the context and what gets revealed when and to whom. We often know these people as honest communicators characterized by sensitivity of disclosure.
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Thank you Audrey. I thoroughly enjoyed our time together on air. The book is great. There are so many ways to change, to switch your coding! I have begun already to use them. My kids are an amazing experiment. They are the only kids I have so it's hard for me to imagine parenting a singleton. Having two girls and a boy gives us the opportunity to see the very real differences that exist between the genders. For example, my son was walking around today with underpants on his head while his sisters were taking turns doing math problems.
It was very good of you to join us Audrey. Thank you again.