Executing a strategy, implementing a decision, changing a culture, achieving an operating plan…all require the leadership skill of following-up. It is an enormous mistake to assume that because you’ve discussed a new initiative in meetings that people will both understand what needs to be done and do it – even if you’ve sent an email summarizing what needs to be done.
If it’s important, you have to be following-up effectively.
Several leaders have told me that they shouldn’t have to follow-up, that people should understand and take action once it’s been discussed. I agree – they should, but it’s not realistic. It’s up to the leader to make sure that effort is sustained and leads to results. And that happens by following-up.
If it takes a lot of time and effort to follow-up, you’re not doing it effectively.Can your following-up skill be improved?
Copyright 2018 Bob Legge
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