Management Tip of the Day: A common language for innovation

Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:41pm EST
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Don't let jargon get in the way when different functional groups within the same organization come together on projects, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"In most organizations, functional groups use their own languages with specific terms to talk about the work they do.

If you bring people from different parts of the organization together to innovate, it's possible this jargon will get in the way. Help them understand when they are saying the same thing.

A finance person may use the phrase 'financial modeling,' while a design person says 'rapid prototyping.' They are both talking about necessary tasks that are part of exploring opportunities. Challenge them to build a common language and to use terms that resonate with everyone on the team."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "Eight Communication Traps That Foil Innovation" by Georgia Everse.

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<p>Post-it notes with thoughts from a brainstorming session are seen at the Innovations meeting room at the Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado July 20, 2007. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>