NEVER have I heard of organization/church where there was a collective expression : “Enough already. We’ve heard about this too much.”
Instead UNDER-communication cripples unity and teamwork.
I wake up in the morning and often think : “Who needs to know what I am thinking/feeling/acting on today?”
But teams can push against talking about something one more time. They are tired and ready to go on to the new “sexy” idea. Until your team is almost puking at the thought of talking through your current initiatives ONLY then will the people your team leads begin to hear it enough.
Running to the next idea too soon will keep you from communicating your current focus.
There is one key secret to communicating well…a secure identity.
When you are secure in who you are in Christ you can face reality and adjust to meet the demands of the moment to communicate well.
Practices that will flow out of a secure identity in regards to communication:
1. You keep your ear close to the ground and don’t feel threatened personally when you see organizational problems.
Things that look like a part of the plan to everyone else are often adjustments you make behind the scenes. As a team leader you must keep your ear close to the ground and adjust.
2. Your internal security keeps your vision clear so you can see the smoke gathering before it becomes a fire.
I know some leaders that hate leading because all they do is complain about fighting fires while they are unaware of the fact that they are holding the match. As a leader you light the right fires and douse with water the kindling of fires you don’t want to get started.
3. You know you aren’t a perfect leader and can’t see all the problems nor anticipate all trouble coming around the corner.
At any given time there are problems off your radar or forming underneath your organizational awareness. When they pop up don’t be surprised or afraid. Lean in. Get inspired. Every problem is an opportunity for personal growth and organizational improvement.
Over communicate this week. Today. Right now.