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November 10, 2015

Set Context – Don’t Skip Right to the Punch Line

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DON’T

SKIP RIGHT TO THE PUNCH LINE.

One of the most common mistakes for leaders is jumping into a message without helping employees understand where you’re coming from. It’s one of the easiest ways for you to shut down or confuse employees.

 

DO

SET THE CONTEXT.

One of the core responsibilities of a leader in helping their employees with line-of-sight and sound decision-making is to set the proper context (the other is to make information relevant). As you think about how to set context, below are some of the categories of information to consider. Ask yourself…to understand what’s happening and why, does your team need information on:

  • Background/history
  • Assumptions
  • Strategy and objectives
  • Reasons behind decisions
  • Metrics/success
  • Roles
  • Relative priority
  • Knowledge of the stakes

What could you spend more time on to help set the context for your employees?

- David Grossman

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