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Communicating Decisions February 1, 2009

Posted by Tariq Ahmed in Communication.
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When making decisions, managers need to make sure their subordinates understand the decision. They don’t have to agree with the manager, but they need to understand why it was made. As Lord Vader, I don’t have to explain my decisions to subordinates but I’ve found that keeping the men in the dark can cause many problems.

When you don’t explain, subordinates can feel shut out of the decision making process and feel they aren’t on the same “team”. They stop caring about the job and feel the “boss knows best, so why think?” This creates a negative energy and the employee stops being creative. If the employees disagree with the decision being made and aren’t explained the “why” they may think the manger is “ignorant” or worse. Also when left to their own devices to come up with a reason they may think the real reason is a nefarious one and that will only create paranoia and rumors in the department.

If the reason is nefarious (which is fine by me!) or needs to be kept secret, you can still make up a fake reason or simply tell them that an explanation will be forth coming and patience is simply needed.

darthvader

Guest Post @ Slacker Manager October 27, 2008

Posted by Darth Sidious in Communication.
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We recently did a guest post at SlackerManager.com as part of our improving relations with the planet Earth initiative (aka IRWTPEI for short). The post is regarding how to improve your communications by using what we call a leading sentence.

Slacker Manager is a good site – there’s a management philosophy that if you’re successful as a manager, there’s not much left for you to do (since you’ve put the right processes in place that allow people to keep the business moving along that doesn’t require tons of upward delegation, you’ve empowered people to make decisions on their own, and grew a staff around you that supports all your weaknesses).

Personally, I can’t relate to having weaknesses (I am the Emperor afterall). But for you mortals, you definitely want to check out SlackerManager.com.