You don’t know me, but then again, you probably do know people like me. We are the individuals you torment with your blatant disregard for my need to know that you received my message! To me, communication effectiveness includes a time-to-respond metric, so get off your duff when “messaging” Mr. Whitaker.

Who am I, you might ask? I’m the “radical responder,” and chances are you have someone just like me in your office, and they are annoying you to death. The truth is, the feeling is mutual!

One of the beautiful facets of self-awareness is the ability to recognize or even quantify the traits that define you.  If you’re in Human Resources, chances are you’ve taken dozens of assessments, if not more. There are few surprises, and even fewer “Aha!” discoveries. But…every now and again, you’ll find one that stands out from the crowd ~ for me, it’s called Shadowmatch™.

You can check it out here, but suffice to say that seeing a grocery list of your habits and the respective intensity of each is a rather enlightening exercise. You may even have one or two “radical” habits that control you, despite your efforts to the contrary.

For me, it’s “responsiveness.” Phone call, email, I want a response. Text? An unacknowledged text just may get you four or five more texts to ignore, each less politically savvy than the previous.


“You had your grace period…now it’s go time.”

I can’t say my way is the right way, only that it’s my way. If you know this about me, you’ll better understand me, and I you. Better teams, better colleagues, better friends.

Of course, you may also decide to intentionally drive me nutso, but that’s something you have to live with.

John “Whit” Whitaker is Founder of the HR Hardball™ movement. Straight talk, no-nonsense approach to workplace issues. 

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