One of the common problems I see among people in the field is how much value they place in their perception of another.
I’m a, “Say what you mean and mean what you say” kind of guys, and I find myself having to say that a few times at each site I go to. I take the words of others the same way, I treat them as if they simply mean what they said, and they say what they mean, which is a much simpler way to get things done.
Oh so often I find that some people just don’t have that clear communication thing down quite right, and they end up frustrated because they’re not getting the response they expected, even though they didn’t speak their intentions clearly. Then things get worse when they make assumptions about the meaning behind what other people say, or their actions, and they take it to another level. In the vane of, “Bitching about something without offering a solution is just bitching”, let me suggest this:
Take people at face value. Don’t add your own perception onto it, and don’t judge people, just take it as it comes, and expect people to say what they mean, and mean what they say, just as we all should be doing.