Management Tip of the Day: Ways to communicate your vision

Mon Apr 4, 2011 9:43am EDT
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - There are some simple ways to credibly communicate a vision for your team or for a wider audience, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"As a leader, it's your job to craft a vision for your team, unit, or division. Once you know what that is, you need to be able to communicate it to a wide audience in a way that they can understand, relate to -- and ultimately believe in.

Here are three ways to do that:

1. Repeat yourself. To rally people around your vision, you need to remind them of your message and reinforce what you are trying to achieve. Don't worry about sounding like a broken record.

2. Make it two-way. Don't pick up a megaphone. Be sure to create dialogue around your message so that people hear it and understand it.

3. Put out calls to action. Don't just tell people what you imagine for the future, ask for their help in making it a reality. Be specific about what you want people to do and why."

-Today's management tip was adapted from the Harvard ManageMentor module, "Leading and Motivating."

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