Employees want and need communication from top leadership. Survey after survey reinforces this. As a result, leaders implement a myriad of tactics to give employees what they want. More savvy leaders ensure there are feedback mechanisms available, too.
But is communication from or with top leadership really what people are after? Is it really important to their long-term effectiveness? Is communication from leaders layers and layers above you in the chain of command really valuable?
When polled, sure, people will tell you it’s important and perhaps it is for some. However, I submit what most employees want is to feel valued, do work that matters, feel team unity and have high morale. Top leadership, especially in mega corporations, could do nothing but communicate and it would not give employees these things.
On the other hand, I submit that employees who feel valued, believe their making a difference, feel a part of a strong team and have high morale all have strong leaders as their direct bosses. Leaders who are with them daily. Leaders who care about them, succeed with them and more importantly are there for them when life gets hard. When this is the case, does it really matter what top leadership has to say?
What do you think?
Most days I never look up. I spend all of my time looking at what’s in front of me. I analyze, think, criticize, laugh, smile and talk about it all.
My life is largely consumed by what exists from street level to the tops of trees, give or take a few feet.
Well, today I looked up, I mean really looked up. If I was listening, I would have been actively listening. And it was awesomely calming and enlightening.
I was reminded that when I look up it is nearly impossible to think the same way I normally do. It was a wonderful disruption.
If you’re like me, you have established routines for every day of the week, even weekends. Routines are all about task accomplishment and efficiency. However, at times, I think they can stifle thinking. This is why organizations do “off sites.”
Leaders think that by changing the setting and limiting day-to-day distractions, their teams will be more productive and creative. They’re not wrong either. However, after looking up today for the first time in a long while, I’m convinced that simply swapping one indoor setting for another may not be the best way to spur creative thought and solve problems.
Instead, take yourself or your team outside, find some grass to lie down on, and just look up.
I think you’ll be amazed at what happens.