“The Art of Communication is the Language of Leadership” – James Humes
With the first month of 2017 nearly complete, or 8% of our productivity for the year almost behind us, we would be wise to look at the Art of Communication as a tool to help us improve our Leadership & our Results. As we reflect on the recent election in the US, the new president used Twitter as a communications tool, to help him win votes and rally towards a decisive win. Like him or hate him, Trump’s use of Communication is what got him the top spot in the country.
So how can we develop our own Art of Communication, in order to develop our Leadership competencies? Here are 5 essential tips;
Tip#1 – LINE Groups – While this tip may not be suitable for all industries and all teams, setting up a LINE Group is a very efficient way of sharing information that is crucial to help your teams make decision, implement plans and share challenges or problems. More & more companies that we coach & train are sharing with us that their use of a LINE Group has increased ‘response’ times, to help get critical tasks complete sooner.
Tip#2 – Daily Meetings – Ohhh noooo, not another meeting!! It’s a daily cry for help, heard from thousands of businesses around the world. The thing about meetings is that they are mostly disorganised, too long and follow no set agenda. As a Leader, you need to get your message delivered to all your team quickly, efficiently & regularly. If you have a team meeting just once a month, you’re missing golden opportunities to make any ‘corrections’ through the month. Often, a 5-10 minute daily meeting can solve problems before they occur. Simply follow the PAA Meeting Process (Purpose, Agenda, Actions) for best results.
Tip#3 – Ensure Understanding – The Art of Communication is a two-way street. Not only are you responsible for your message being communicated clearly and concisely, you should always ensure that your message is understood by the intended recipient. Often, teams or subordinates hear the words, but they don’t create the meaning of those words, clearly in their minds. One simple and effect tip to ensure understanding is to simply ask your team member to repeat back their understanding of the communication you just shared. For example;
“Thanks John. Can you quickly recap the instructions for me please?”
Then, allow them to repeat back their full understanding. This investment of 30 seconds can save you hours or days of ‘drama’ in the future.
Tip#4 – Leadership Essentials Training – If you’re a senior Leader (or wanting to become one), at some point in the near future, you’ll be leading leaders. In other words, you will have Supervisors and junior managers under you, whose job it is to lead a team. The best way to motivate and empower these young or new leaders, is through a 1 day intensive Leadership Essentials Workshop. During this training, your teams will learn essential skills to manage their EQ, Goal setting techniques, delegation, prioritisation, conflict resolution, and more. The next sesison is 14th February, at Aloft Hotel Bangkok. Click here for full details, or respond to this mail to take advantage of the Buy 1 Get 1 Free !! Take a look at one of the recent sessions at this Youtube link
Tip#5 – Empowered Leadership Training – Advanced Communication, Influence & Leadership training, for those Leaders & Managers who are looking to ‘sharpen the saw’, expand their skill set, or grow even more as a leader. This Certification program this is the perfect workshop to accelerate your results. Offered in English language on 15-17 February or Thai Language on 10-12 March, you can find all the details at this link.
Communication & Leadership is a never-ending journey. To stay ahead of the game, it’s best to quip yourself with all the tools and resources you can find. If you’re interested to learn a little more about Neuro-Linguistic Programming, then come and join me on the 2nd February for a FREE Breakthrough Seminar. You can find all the details and information at this link or download the brochure here
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