Written by: Stephen Krempl, Executive Contributor
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"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken," as Oscar Wilde once said. But what if authenticity isn't always the best course of action? This article delves into the concept of the "Authenticity Trap" and explores the significance of Communication Agility—the ability to tailor communication styles to different situations. Let's unravel how this skill can enhance professional interactions and reshape your career trajectory.
Embracing communication agility
Authenticity is noble, but a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't cut it when communicating with diverse stakeholders. Communication Agility emerges as a game-changer, enabling individuals to adapt their messages to various contexts. Consider addressing Bosses, Peers, and Subordinates—each requires a distinct approach. The details shared, the time allocated, and the focus of the discussion vary.
Communication Agility ensures effective communication tailored to each group's needs, enhancing your impact.
The myth of total authenticity
While authenticity is praiseworthy, rigidly pursuing 100% authenticity presents challenges. Instead, the article advocates leveraging natural communication flexibility to fit different situations. Just as you wouldn't speak the same way to a child as to a colleague, adapt your authenticity to each role without losing your genuine self. The parallels between personal adaptation and professional authenticity are striking.
Navigating your path to success
Envision your future higher-level role—will the same approach suffice? Communication Agility bridges the gap between your current style and future growth expectations. Aligning communication with aspirations positions you for success. Flexibility becomes your key to advancement.
Breaking free from the trap
Escape the Authenticity Trap through Communication Agility. Thrive in the corporate world by striking a balance between authenticity and adaptability. Communication Agility unleashes your potential, fostering new opportunities on your professional journey.
In a world where success demands the finesse of communication adaptability, embracing Communication Agility becomes non-negotiable. Evolving beyond the Authenticity Trap empowers you to navigate complexities and seize new horizons, ensuring that being yourself never hinders your progress again.
Stephen Krempl, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Stephen Krempl is an international trainer, global keynote speaker, bestselling author, and corporate communications coach. He has worked with thousands of leaders in over 30+ countries. His career spans 25 years in Fortune200 companies, Starbucks Coffee Company (CLO), Yum! Brands (VP of Yum University and Global Learning), PepsiCo Restaurants International and Motorola. He helps leaders stand out and get noticed in their corporations even in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. He has authored nine books including his latest, Positively Negative – How To Turn Negative Messages Into Positive Ones.