OK...before starting with this message I would like to stress out that I know that the brain works a bit like this:
you only see/hear the things how you want to see/hear it
(I don't know from who this reference is. I know I just need to improve the way of using my social bookmarking account in order to save, share and re-use references)
Thus, the brain is wonderful in filtering stuff. That's, for example, the reason why it is preferred to transcribe interviews. After reading over the transcribed material you generate a greater picture than if you only make notes (what to think when you don't do anything: that is the same as wasting your time). So, today I was reading an article published in the journal Leaderhip (vol 4, issue 3). On the first page of the article "Communication and Leadership: An Open-Invitation to Engage" the authors argue that the two fields (Leadership and Communication) have kept largely apart. This gave me an enormous boost as I just finished my research dissertation on the best way to identify leadership's characteristics that enhances organizational learning by developing a model of understanding leadership behavior and, additionally, generate measurable descriptive findings for the application of the leadership's characteristics in the every day context of organizations on the basis of that same model.
And what is the main conclusion? The main conclusion is that leaders are enhancing organizational learning by promoting effective communication. Effective communication increases the participation of staff members in the process of sense and decision making regarding new problems and opportunities faced by an organization. This will eventually lead to innovation.
In other words, even though I already knew about the impact of my research, I received the confirmation that the research is cutting-edge! Or ... Am I only reading the things I want to read? Perhaps I just need to think 'outside the box' (that hurts; using management language), or better, outside the fish bowl! Because otherwise you don't see what you should have seen (see the video)