What’s So Hard About Real Conversations?
In continuation to my Quantum Physics of Beliefs Round Table discussionon Miscommunications last week (in case you missed it, please click here on this link), today I will be writing about this struggle that most Leaders go thru regularly in their communications with their followers.
What does it mean to “come out from behind ourselves to have real conversations”?
What’s so hard about that?
If you are a Leader, your job is to accomplish the goals of the organization. You do that in large part by making every conversation you have as real as possible. A Leader’s job is essentially to engineer the types of conversations that produce clarity, cooperation, creativity, drive, and a connection to values beyond the company.
Your conversations may have to come up with a big new idea, or transform your company into a better place to work, or maybe figure out how to improve customer-renewal rates. You may use conversations to enhance collaboration, or provide leadership development, or deliver performance review feedback.
Success as a Leader depends on the success of your conversations, and occurs one conversation at a time. Here are four components of successful conversations:
In order to execute initiative and deliver goals, Leaders must have conversations that:
1. Interrogate reality
2. Provoke learning
3. Tackle tough challenges
4. Enrich relationships
Each of these four components is tough assignments for any one conversation to achieve. To help put this into perspective, the next time you have a conversation, ask yourself which, if any, of these goals you think was approached, even minimally.
· Did I ask about the other person’s perspective?
· Did I try to understand the person, situation, or issue better?
· Did I try to get to the real issue, and the nuances behind the challenges?
· Did I enhance our relationship, deepen our connection?
Dr Surya M Ganduri, PhD. PMP. is the Founder & President of eMBC, Inc., an international firm specializing in strategic and executive leadership development processes that Help People Succeed in an Evolving World. Dr Surya has over 28 years of business experience in management consulting, leadership development, executive coaching, process improvements, organizational development and youth leadership. For more information visit www.eMBCinc.com or contact eMBC, Inc., directly at (630) 445-1321.