Linked – It’s Not Nagging: Effective Communication is Deliberately Redundant
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Linked – It’s Not Nagging: Effective Communication is Deliberately Redundant

It’s not nagging to follow up a meeting with an email summarizing the discussion. It’s good meeting etiquette. It’s not nagging to drop a group chat in Slack or Teams for updates. That’s what those tools are for. It’s also not nagging to expect your team to report progress in many ways. That’s their responsibility. 

Linked – How To Communicate Better At Work Easily And Accomplish More

Linked – How To Communicate Better At Work Easily And Accomplish More

Of all the skills that Liz writes about to help us all communicate better, this is the key. If the leaders in your workplace are not communicating, and we see how important listening is to that communication as well, the rest of the team is unlikely to be doing it well either. It’s a modeled behavior. When leaders are open to connection, listen carefully to their reports, and work toward clarity and agreement, that flows down into how the team interacts with each other. When leaders only ever issue directives with no consideration for the humans who report to them, you’ll see that same behavior across the team.

The Royal Family Provides an Example of What Happens When People Are Left Without Information

The Royal Family Provides an Example of What Happens When People Are Left Without Information

The people who follow the Royal Family were left without further information about Kate after her original surgery. We can argue about what information they were entitled to, and I’d agree they weren’t entitled to any. Still, we saw a large group of people filling in the blanks with some of the wildest conspiracy theories we’ve seen anywhere when no information was forthcoming.

Imagine what happens on Teams or Slack about your company when information is unavailable.

Shared Links (weekly) Dec. 10 2023

Shared Links (weekly) Dec. 10 2023

Good Way to Develop Those “Soft” Skills People Are Always on About – Train Others
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Good Way to Develop Those “Soft” Skills People Are Always on About – Train Others

If you want to challenge yourself to learn something deeply, start figuring out how you would train someone to do it. If your employer doesn’t have an opening for a full-time trainer, create some opportunities to cross-train with your team, to reach out across teams and help teach them some of your skills, or to introduce them to some new technology that is coming. The skills you develop with come in handy, and you’ll be showing off some serious leadership skills as well, something that is probably in short supply in your industry. It is in most, anyway.