I have a phrase that I use… “we all leak“. It could probably be made more elegant – sometimes it does prompt a giggle – but I use it both as recognition as well as a warning. It describes how, even when we don’t think we are, we are constantly revealing our inner selves, leaking information for us all to notice should we wish…
The way we hold our bodies in the meeting, showing our comfort and discomfort.
The way our eyes show our attention or our need for attention.
The way our first spoken words often reveal our truest meaning not our filtered diction.
The ways our lips move in eager anticipation as others still speak, ready to deliver that sentence we’ve already constructed.
The closed question. The open question. The incisive question.
The laughter we share as we leave the team meeting or the quick quiet rush out of the room.
The way we always walk through the office. The way we dress. The way we eat and drink.
The warmth and concern we show. The interest and disinterest we share. The faces we try to wear.
Leaving on time. Arriving late. Prepared. Unprepared. Focused. Distant.
Biological. Physical. Human. Data.
It’s all information there for the taking. It reveals volumes. It feeds what others notice and informs their beliefs and assumptions. It’s probably a significant contributor to how we perceive organisational culture.
We all leak.
Are you consciously aware? Are you consciously noticing? Are you able to share this information usefully?