Know their language

Today in elevator I met a colleague who have kept a wolverine style beard. I told him that he's looking good in this new look. But he was not very much excited to hear this praise. Then he opened up saying that his boss doesn't know the wolverine. He then tried explaining his boss the character with reference to X-Men. His boss was not aware of this move either. He was disappointed that his efforts made no sense to his boss.

I learnt one more lesson. One should know and be able to talk the language of his/her juniors. It's not easy to know everything that your juniors might know but a little curious enquiry will make them happy and as a result productive.