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The Five Messages Leaders Must Manage | [John Hamm, Harvard Business Review]

The Five Messages Leaders Must Manage

If you want to know why so many organizations sink into chaos, look no further than their leaders' mouths. Over and over, leaders present grand, overarching - yet fuzzy - notions of where they think the company is going. The result is often sloppy behavior and misalignment that can cost a company dearly. Effective communication is a leader's most critical tool for doing the essential job of leadership.
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If you want to know why so many organizations sink into chaos, look no further than their leaders' mouths. Over and over, leaders present grand, overarching - yet fuzzy - notions of where they think the company is going. They assume everyone shares their definitions of "vision," "accountability," and "results." The result is often sloppy behavior and misalignment that can cost a company dearly. Effective communication is a leader's most critical tool for doing the essential job of leadership.

- From the May 2006 issue of Harvard Business Review.

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    An easy listen, I've often reviewed my work against these five key messages. Almost always, I go back and revise my communications to better reflect at least one of these elements.

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    Confirms what leaders intuitively know, but brings it to the surface for (self) examination. We must place our finger on the pulse of our organizations if we're to succeed; to do that we must have open communication.

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    This is a must for all people with responsibilities who want to deliver. With simple case studies to complement the narrative, it lays out in simple terms foundational factors of success.

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    This was a good article and a great tool for leading a group of great individual. I recommend the raid.

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