Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Who's On First?

Strategic ideas...reimbursement changes...regulatory breakthroughs...excitement and enthusiasm to keep moving forward. These issues impact us each day in our work lives. We get fired up, or we should, and charge off down the trail ready to change the world.

But sometimes as we're racing along with the wind in our hair, we look around and see that we're the only one who has gone along for the ride. Why does that happen? Don't the people around us realize what a great opportunity there is if they just follow our lead?

C'mon people!

Communication Is Not Overrated
Keeping our team members informed of our vision is important during normal times. When we move into a period of rapid change it is absolutely essential that we explain exactly where we're headed on an ongoing basis. Feeling left out at work can be annoying, but worse than that is feeling like you don't understand what is expected of you.

Most of our employees come to work each day trying to make a positive impact. Without the proper guidance and direction from leadership, it is impossible to achieve that daily goal.

How About You
Do you meet with your team members regularly and share your vision? Do you include them in decision-making whenever possible so you have the buy-in necessary to execute on your plans? Don't make your guidance so difficult to understand that your team is left frustrated and saying who, what, and I don't know!

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

Abbott and Costello...gotta love it.

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  1. Great subject to tackle, I believe knowledge is power works only when that knowledge is shared as quickly and as deeply and as widely as possible. Giving folk the chance to feedback into that sharing process creates a much more inclusive workplace culture and helps people see progress more easily too.

    1. Great points Doug. Getting others involved can make such a big difference...IF leaders are willing to give them a chance.

  2. Communication is one of the most important aspects in a workplace. How else are you supposed to know exactly what is going on in the company or if your ideas were ever heard? Most importantly, you want to know WHY you are working toward a specific goal or resolving a certain problem, etc. Without that communication, it’s like you are working in the dark. Great post!

    1. Thank you Desiree...I totally agree that without good communication work can be a very dark place!