When you communicate with your team, are you straight with them? Sometimes managers feel they cannot be direct with people as it may alienate or hurt them. Directness does not go hand in hand with an indifference to a person’s feelings. Often directness in communication is the best strategy with subordinates. Direct communication, done well, allows the person you communicate with to have clarity and understanding regarding your views. With that clarity and understanding, they are best able to decide their next steps and how they will respond.
Archive for May, 2011
When you think about relationships, do you think of the ones you have at work? People put a lot of focus on their friendships and romantic relationships. What if we put equivalent focus on the nature of our work relationships? With this focus we could determine what creates winning relationships at work. The prospects of positive relationships could be a factor in choosing teams. People could be measured on their managing of work relationships. It could make some uncomfortable, but definitely would make a positive difference.