Communication is a critical skill that requires daily intentional practice. Organizations large and small often fail to create clear and compelling communication channels. Since communication involves people the most compelling way to increase the exchange of ideas occurs in a conversation. When conversing with someone and they challenge your idea or a long standing company policy how do you react? Do you automatically reject their idea? Do you chastise the person for even producing a new thought? Or do you seek to learn more first by asking qualifying questions and then set aside time to think before responding? Do you demonstrate an overall sense of appreciation for their ideas? Why do you react the way you do? Increase your self awareness and improve your communication skills in order to help your organization succeed.