Leading in 2020 has not been easy for anyone, but communication is a not-so-obvious why reason many businesses are dealing with challenges better than others. Winning organizations start with effective communication. They have strong communication capable of navigating the inevitable highs and lows of business.
In this episode, we’re going to learn how great companies communicate to create clarity, alignment and focus among leaders and team members from Daniel Tardy, Executive Vice President of EntreLeadership at Ramsey Solution — Dave Ramsey’s organization.
Welcome to episode two of One Next Step.
(04:30) Today’s listener question: How do effective organizations communicate internally to drive results?”
(06:44) The biggest misconception about communication and the effects of poor communication on the organization
(10:25) Why young leaders often struggle with communication and basic tips that can improve communication immediately
(14:25) The power of trust and its connection to effective communication, strong interpersonal relationships with our employees, and your influence as a leader
(17:50) The three primary categories of internal communication — what they are, why they matter, how they work, and when to use them
(31:38) What EntreLeadership learned working remotely during COVID-19 as a co-located organization
(35:27) Tricia and Lisa share their takeaways
(37:40) Today’s One Next Step: Subscribe to the One Next Step podcast and enter to win a free copy of Dave Ramsey’s book, EntreLeadership
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Quotes From This Episode
“Communication, in leadership, is so much more about listening, inquiring, and empathy than it is about telling people what to do and where to go.” — Daniel Tardy
“Organizations move at the speed of trust.” — Daniel Tardy
“Everything in your organization culturally hinges on communication.” — Daniel Tardy
“In the absence of communication, organizational conflicts become personal grievances.” — Daniel Tardy
- There are three primary categories for internal communication — pre-communication, ongoing communication, and pull-push communication.
- Pre-communication is are the standards you communicate to team members about how you operate and your expectations of them. Pre-communication typically takes place during onboarding and is outlined in the employee handbook and job description, and it’s the most important category of communication as future issues often arise due to lack of pre-communication.
- Ongoing communication is your organization’s approach to recurring and one-off meetings, specifically your cadence and policy — what meetings happen when, how often, and why. These meetings include all-hands, staff meetings for large groups, project meetings for small groups, and one-on-one meetings for check-ins. However, what’s most important is giving yourself and your employees opportunities to connect as an entire staff, as teams or departments, and one-on-one between the leader and their direct reports.
- Pull-push communication is your organization’s process for bottom-up communication. To do this well, Daniel and the EntreLeadership team recommend requiring every team member to complete a weekly report for their leader sharing what they worked on and accomplished during the week as well as high points and low points. By doing so, employees know they’ll always have an opportunity to communicate their concerns and leaders know they’ll always have visibility into their employees’ work.
- During the episode, Daniel reminded us of the key lesson in Stephen Covey’s book “The Speed of Trust” — Organizations move at the speed of trust. As leaders, the question is ‘How do we build trust?’ It’s built through relationships, and relationships are built on communication. This is why communication is so important. Strong communication precedes a strong culture, and a strong culture is what enables teams to respond quickly and more effectively to the challenges in the marketplace and the organization itself.
Reflection Questions for You | Conversation Starters Your Team
Daniel mentioned the number one communication mistake we make is assuming it’s occurred. When have you incorrectly assumed you communicated well to someone else? Looking back at that experience, what’s something you do differently today?
Daniel said that communication in leadership is driven by listening and inquiring. What’s something you can do in your upcoming meetings to increase the amount of time you listen and decrease the time you spend speaking?
How are you and your organization doing with the three categories of communication, and what’s one thing you can do from your role in the organization to improve in each of the categories?
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We hope you’ll join us for next week’s episode when Tricia and Lisa interview Dethra U. Giles, two-time TEDx speaker and CEO of HR consultancy, ExecuPrep. She’ll be helping us answer the questions “How do I build a diverse team and leverage diversity to build a better business?”