Reviewing the content on a group that I belong to on one of the major social media sites recently, I came across an interesting job advert. In a nutshell the recruiter was looking for someone who stood out from the crowd, was a self-starter and a good communicator.
Now it might have raised a bit of a chuckle and ideas in my mind as to what it meant in practice and it got me thinking about the whole way we communicate.
As a leader one of the keys to success is getting results through others. However before you can get results through others you need to specify what is required.
Perhaps you are thinking that it can’t be that difficult to do. You might well be right but how often do you see:
We all know that vaguely specified requirements can lead to:
So as a leader, if you want to get even better results and achieve more success, start:
The Bottom Line: Sometimes it is the simple changes that yield the biggest benefits. To be more successful, start by being specific when giving direction and setting expectations.
Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps professional people become great leaders and managers. Sign up for his free audio e-course Leadership Success at www.goalsandachievements.co.uk.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.
I would add check for understanding. This way any misconception can be straightened out; and also all our brains drift now and then so the people who might had a mini-brain vacation can fit in the pieces they missed. Thanks for bring up the important issue of clarity.Reply