You know your team is capable. You know they’ve got the brains. And you know they’ve got the skills.
But for some reason, they’re not meeting your objectives. They’re not driving results. A possible reason for this is that the expectations aren’t clear to them.
Young leader, if you want to communicate effectively, you have to clearly communicate what your expectations are.
Here are 3 steps that will help you do that.
1. Start with the big picture
This is your purpose, your vision, your why.
Before you can tell your team what you expect them to do, you need to answer why it’s important.
What are you trying to achieve? What purpose will it play in the grand scheme of things? How will it make a difference in the world?
The first step to effectively communicating your expectations is starting with the big picture.
2. Specifically identify how your team fits into the big picture
Then you need to specifically identify how your team fits into the big picture. This is the part that’s often missed.
A big picture, no matter how grand, is not necessarily relevant to your team unless they can see themselves as a part of it.
You need to communicate specifically how your team’s unique skills, talents, traits, and identity contribute to making the big picture a reality. This will communicate to your team that they’re an important part of the impact you’re making in the world.
The second step to effectively communicating your expectations is to specifically identify how your team fits into the big picture.
3. Create a clear plan
Then you need to lay out what the plan is. The plan will set the focus for your team. It paints a clear path towards the big picture.
Clearly communicating the plan will help your team understand where they need to invest their time, skills, effort, and resources.
Note: A clear plan is not a 20-step process. It’s not a flowchart. It’s not an elaborate documented system. It’s 3 to 5 key activities that will truly drive your results. Part of communicating your expectations is identifying what these key activities are.
The third step to effectively communicating your expectations is to create a clear plan.
Here’s the gist…
You know your team is capable. But they don’t seem to be meeting your objectives. This might be because they’re not sure what the expectations are.
Young leader, if you want to communicate effectively, you have to communicate your expectations clearly.
Here are 3 steps to help you do that:
- Start with the big picture
- Specifically identify how your team fits into the big picture
- Create a clear plan
Clearly communicate your expectations to your team with these 3 steps and you will empower them to meet your objectives. You will avoid confusion. You will communicate better
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