One of the biggest challenges for organizations is speaking with a consistent and compelling voice. Silos abound, and even enterprises with a positioning platform find it difficult for their internal communication strategy to take hold in their organization.
When a friend of mine recently retired from the job she held for seven years, she decided to be totally honest in her exit interview. Freed from the need for an employer’s reference, she felt comfortable being honest, yet respectful, about why she was leaving—despite their offer of more money and flexibility to stay.
We’ve all been in retreats or meetings that go off the rails, are unproductive or unnecessary. Why? Poor planning, lack of an agenda and insufficient management of the conversation. As a result, meetings are viewed with dread as time wasters, and opportunities to tap into the collective wisdom of teams to identify solutions and advance fresh thinking that opens up possibilities for business growth are missed. Worse yet, a poorly run meeting can deepen disagreement and discord.