Regular communication with colleagues, superiors, and/or staff helps each team member contribute his or her best to the team effort. However, if you are a busy person you might see face-to-face communication as a time waster, especially when you're part of a large team. Using email or internal messaging applications may seem much easier than face-to-face communications, but it’s also much less effective. Investing time in socializing with your team will not only help you keep everyone in the loop on current projects and strategy, but will also create closer social ties that will lead to more responsible work.
When we think of meetings we usually picture a drawn-out discussion in an office or boardroom. But meetings don’t have to be bloated. Alternative meeting styles exist. They are more time-effective while still geared towards streamlining operations and workplace cohesion. I’ve laid out three of them for you here, adapted from the Tools for Leadership and Learning: Building a Learning Organization.
Diana is President of The Soft Skills Group Inc. She is a senior training & development professional with 20 years of experience in delivery, design & consulting with Fortune 500 companies, Universities & Colleges in Canada, the USA, Mexico and Europe.