Leadership for Life – Keep it Simple

By on October 15, 2012
Leadership for Life - Keep It Simple

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This story has long whiskers, but it does the job:

Little Sammy asks his dad, “Where did I come from?” Dad hems and haws and launches into an explanation of the birds and the bees, complete with diagrams. Sammy says, “I don’t care about any of that. Mikey says he’s from Detroit. Where am I from?”

Leaders generally have their eyes on the big picture. They have access to high-level information, as well as high-powered consultants, who can provide them with the global outlook on business, complete with PowerPoint slides. When it’s time to communicate with their employees, leaders sometimes over-communicate, offering their big-picture perspective, complete with PowerPoint slides. Most of the time, this information goes over the heads of the employees, who mainly want to know, “How is this initiative going to affect me?”

Great leaders provide the information that others need or want to know (PowerPoint slides optional). Communication with staff should be short, sweet and to the point, addressing the issues and questions the staff want to know about, especially how changes and initiatives will directly affect them. Other information, including background and much of the “big-picture” information can be made available via the organization’s intranet for those who want to take the time to get it all.

Sometimes less is more.

(If you want the PowerPoint for this message, call me at 314-539-5329, or send email to bschapiro@stlcc.edu.)

About Barry Schapiro

Barry is the Workforce Solutions Group Practice Leader for Leadership and Professional Development. His experience includes delivery and management of business training in a variety of industries, with specialties in leadership, team development, generational diversity, and customer service. Twitter

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