You need to embrace Straight Talk as more than communication to unlock the value

What is Straight Talk?

Look it up (and move past the wireless plan in the US) to confirm Straight Talk is a direct, plain, and honest manner of speaking.

We love it when someone talks straight. It’s refreshing.

But it’s just a different way to communicate, right? Not everyone is ready for Straight Talk, are they?

What if I told you Straight Talk was more than just a powerful way for leaders to communicate?

Well, it’s true. Straight Talk is more. Much more.

When you embrace Straight Talk as more that communication, you unlock the value. For you, for those around you, for everyone.

Straight Talk: a mindset, a skill set, and an experience

At the core, Straight Talk is a mindset, a skill set, and an experience:

  • Mindset: understanding the right questions and system(s) are more powerful than correct answers. The structure to guide focus on what matters with an emphasis on value.
  • Skill set: a set of actions and the manner in which you offer and get straight talk – for yourself and with others. It is an acquired skill. And it gets better with practice.
  • Experience: choosing the process over cut and paste. Embracing the experience to get Straight Talk. Realizing that offering Straight Talk is an experience. Especially when you use it to bring people together.

Straight Talk is an ethos

A quick search on Google to “define ethos” explains it as:

the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its beliefs and aspirations.

Perfect.

Straight Talk works for the individual, the team, and the organization. It offers an effective way to operate.

Straight Talk is a characteristic of a healthy environment. The sort of situation in which most of us thrive. It empowers us to do our best.

Straight Talk is a way to bring people together and give people a voice — without wasting their time. To avoid jargon in favor of mutual understanding. And to choose dialogue over debate. Because being right is not important.

What matters is finding the right answer for the situation.

Straight Talk clarifies focus and prioritizes action. It offers confidence to take the best next step.

Straight Talk is a Framework; a system for success

Straight Talk chooses simple over complex. Simple is not always easy. It takes a system to guide use and development of the mindset, skill set, and experience.

The Straight Talk Framework is that open, transparent, and consistent system.

The best part?

Straight Talk doesn’t compete with other approaches.

It’s not “my way or the highway” system to learn. The Straight Talk Framework distills “universal truths” and powerful practices to their essence. There is no single or right way to use the framework. It offers a common element that anyone is able to answer.

Straight Talk brings people together regardless of their experiences, training, and preferred methods. Or maybe it brings people together in celebration of those differences.

We get to exercise our voices. We learn from others. Straight Talk brings people together with less friction.

Straight Talk is the antidote to friction.

Friction erodes value. It increases the cost of connection and grinds progress to a halt until it causes failure.

Structure is the antidote to friction. Straight Talk is the structure we need to:

  • unlock value faster
  • knock down barriers and build stronger connections
  • keep priority programs and efforts moving forward

Straight Talk is attainable

Straight Talk is not an innate skill you are either born with or not. It’s not a lofty goal out of reach for most.

Straight Talk blends universal elements of exceptional leadership, powerful communication, and the mindset for success.

You can learn Straight Talk. Your team can learn Straight Talk.

Working together, we can all get the Straight Talk we need.

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Michael Santarcangelo
 

The founder of Security Catalyst, Michael develops exceptional leaders and powerful communicators with the security mindset for success.