ARE YOU ON THE SAME PAGE?
From the micro to the macro to the minimalist individual level & interactions, we end up asking; are you the same page? Can we never be on the same page? Are even two experts be on the same page? Can we find the medical equipment manufacturers / hospital / patient or legislature / political executive / bureaucrat / the executors top to bottom on the same page? The same page story has become an enigma, all of us trying to reach that mirage.
To be on the same page our understanding of the system has to be the same. There should be no confusion on the role ; duties and responsibilities. The purpose should also be crystal clear with commonalities also known. The nature of rules of interface also should be known and so should be the modalities. Unison on high end thoughts and ideas in itself does not take us to the same thought process and much less to a formal interaction sufficient enough to provide a tangible shape to that thought.
Bringing the whole institution or enterprise or various entities seamlessly at a macro level is long drawn task with endless iterations but with visible improvements all along the way. An example can be UGC, Univs / deemed Univs / autonomous institutions / other colleges / faculty / students / parents not being on the same page. Had this found unison both in thought and practice, we would have elevated our educational system.
The question is do we want to be on the same page or we have become very comfortable with the present scenario?The second seems to be true based on the experience that individuals don’t try to come out of it, collaborate or enterprises don’t make efforts to create interfaces to achieve the common goals. All commonly accepted goals known to all. A very simple example being, keeping one’s house clean & neighbourhood filthy.
Being on the same page takes an effort from both the sides and needs the mindset of a collaborator achiever and not a professional mercenary.
WE NEED TO BE TRAINED IN “BEING ON THE SAME PAGE” MINDSET.