Early signs that your communication is working

Step_FourZurich, 12 April 2016, Jill Allemang

Over the years, I’ve learned to read the the signs that people are genuinely involved in a strategy – often well before it proves itself with results. I listen for these clues:

  • People on the team say “ah yes, and then there’s this!” when pointing to connections from one aspect of the strategy to another
  • They start proactively defining unclear points and words in the strategy, eliciting more granular, commonly-held meaning from typical corporate phrases
  • You hear people describe the strategy with enthusiasm, using their own examples
  • Employees are so eager and committed that you sometimes feel a little “unnecessary” in meetings.
  • It spreads – the same two or three points are emphasized over and over
  • You see some very cool, innovative tactics developed by the extended and/or local teams and functions

Until I recognize some of these signs, I know we are still waiting for momentum. When it does catch-on, the steadily building excitement is great fun to experience. Only later comes the full reward:

  • You get the results OR when you’ve done the homework, if the strategy fails, you learn how to adjust because it was a strongly-communicated test
  • You have persisted through unexpected obstacles three – and more like five – years
  • You are seen as leaders, internally and externally. Other people copy and/or share your examples

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Jill Allemang

I'm on Wordpress creating my second blog - this one with a lot of help from our team. You can find more about me via Linked-In. In the rest of my life, I’m an explorer. Took-up new hobbies here and there — golf, fly-fishing, skiing, kayaking. Only jogging stuck over the years. I'm guessing this blog may add to my list of passions. Until then, I'm happily writing and learning about creativity as an entrepreneur. Eating chocolate. And walking in the mountains...