Language for Collaboration
tells you what areas of communication you need to focus on and
how to take immediate action.
Assess your Situation:
Rate your successful collaborative behavior on the free Communication
Audit to see where to put your attention for best results.
Choose a conversation
that you want to go well today. Assume that everyone can have what
he or she wants (even if you don't yet see how to get there). Step
into each person's shoes and ask, "What do I want from the
conversation as _____?" Then revisit your own goals and notice
how they dovetail with others.
Where did Syntax come
Syntax was derived from studies of excellence in interpersonal
communication, primarily building on learnings from Neurolinguistic
Programming and Fernando Flores' Ontological Design work. Lucy
Freedman, founder of Syntax, originally sought to provide
communication tools for technical professionals so they could
more effectively meet user needs in the early days of computer
technology in the workplace. Syntax has since been taught in Fortune
500 companies and other organizations to professionals and managers
from many disciplines.
How can I learn Syntax?
You can bring Syntax courses into your organization, attend our
advanced professional development courses or university courses,
and you can read and practice the skills as explained in Smart
Work: The Syntax Guide for Mutual Understanding in the Workplace.
Feel free to contact us to discuss how to apply Syntax to your
How can I find out my
Individual consultations and coaching
on Personal Syntax are available by arrangement. Take the
free Communication Audit as an introduction
to observing Syntax in situations at work.
"The people with
the really powerful careers are people who also tend to
have a very elevated sense of purpose, who don't cut corners,
who have a lot of integrity. They're not saints, and it's
not that they never make mistakes, or that they've never
taken a low road. Nobody is perfect. But, in the long run,
these are people who tend to take the high road. The high
road is the best road to success."
Damon, Stanford University Professor and Co-Author of Good
Works: When Excellence and Ethics Meet