The Language we use

  • Dial it down. Team members more fluent in a shared language or lingua franca need to slow down the pace of the dialogue and make sure everyone is on the same page.
  • Dial it up. Those less fluent in the lingua franca need make an active effort to participate in the dialogue despite very understandable fears about speaking up.
  • Keep the same code. If you share a native language with some teammates, avoid code-switching between your native tongue and the lingua franca when in a shared virtual space with the whole team.

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