In a recent conversation I found out that I had been misunderstood on an issue at work. I am not sure how this happened, but I will try to find out, as misunderstandings can cause unforeseen issues in the future.
I am always surprised when I find that I have been misunderstood. I guess that is because I really try to make myself clear and think I am doing a good job of it, only to find out that apparently I did not.
Some people can brush a misunderstanding under the carpet, especially if they feel that it is not a big deal. I have to admit that this is not me. I have to go to the person(s) and explain what I meant and make sure that they understand what I originally had intended and that the misunderstanding no longer exists.
There have been times that I have stayed awake all night over a supposed misunderstanding only to find out that one did not exist. I guess I am a clear communication freak and always want to be understood.
At times after speaking to someone, I later wondered if they understood what I meant. I will call them just to make sure they understood so I could let the thought go of having a misunderstanding.
I guess I could have worse habits or quirks, but clear communication is one of my little obsessions.
How do you handle when you have been misunderstood or think you might have been?