Q&A: Which is More Important, Successful Communication or Successful Performance?

Hands down, communication tops performance.

Although both are important, communication is what creates trust, and trust is at the core of a successful business. In my own experience working with others, I want my subordinates or coworkers to talk to me if they have a problem. I want to hear about the progress and the setbacks.

when employees are afraid to come to their supervisor for advice, they end up missing deadlines or handing in substandard work. That’s why it’s important to foster a culture of openness in the workplace. #MichaelsWilder Click To Tweet

The problem arises from a common workplace fear; everyone is terrified of looking incompetent.

I don’t expect perfect performance. It’s unrealistic. However, I do expect people to come to me if they need help. Unfortunately, I’ve found that when employees are afraid to come to their supervisor for advice, they often end up missing deadlines or handing in substandard work. That’s why it’s so important to foster a culture of helpfulness and openness in the workplace.

So, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t shoot for perfection because you’ll only fall short. Instead, focus on learning everything you can and applying that effort to all areas of your life.

Mike Speer Administrator
Director of Digital Experience, Michaels WIlder

Head of Digital Experience at Michaels Wilder and an entrepreneur since before the average person knew what that even meant, Mike has helped countless businesses build effective sales and marketing strategies. His philosophy is, “If you’re not thinking 10 years ahead, you’re already behind.” Mike’s content has appeared in Forbes Magazine, Inc. and Apple News. He has also been featured numerous times as a “Top 10 Writer” worldwide on the Q&A content site, Quora.

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Mike Speer Administrator
Director of Digital Experience, Michaels WIlder

Head of Digital Experience at Michaels Wilder and an entrepreneur since before the average person knew what that even meant, Mike has helped countless businesses build effective sales and marketing strategies. His philosophy is, “If you’re not thinking 10 years ahead, you’re already behind.” Mike’s content has appeared in Forbes Magazine, Inc. and Apple News. He has also been featured numerous times as a “Top 10 Writer” worldwide on the Q&A content site, Quora.

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