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The Shortest Distance Between Two People

The shortest distance between two points, er people, is a straight line.

Political blogger/actor/Mudd ad executive, Gary Kroeger, writes:

“My phrase for the day is: ‘Draw a straight line.’ So much of our political discourse, our professional, and personal relationships are being defined by language that is designed to distract or to navigate around how we really feel. Don’t be rude — but be direct. Don’t insult, but tell the truth. Say what you mean, or say nothing. Draw straight lines between problems and solutions.”

Gary’s Rule is ruling my relationships like a good editor, who clears out the meaningless, flowery, and sounded-perfect-at-the-time.

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3 Responses to The Shortest Distance Between Two People

  1. Crystal Leaman August 23, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Good day to read this as I had a rather difficult issue to address with an employee. Thinking of being direct as most respectful – and keeping in mind the person’s perspective made it altogether a clearer and more successful communication. Thanks for a good reminder!

  2. Sarah Hoffmann February 13, 2015 at 7:49 am #

    I completely agree about being direct but at the same time being mindful of the other person’s dignity. (This, for me, usually requires some careful thought before I speak).

    • Dodie Jacobi February 13, 2015 at 8:31 am #

      Hardest is when despite all conscious and compassionate preparation, the other person still projects a different intention atop yours. Great book on the topic: Leadership and Self Deception. No way to really repair another who is intent on seeing you repeat past harms in every current action, but it helps tune us up for the times we might be projecting the same onto another.

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