You thought you had an open door at your company, and that you encouraged open communication. Now you just found out that your staff is unhappy with your communication style. And frankly, you are not very happy with your employees’ communication styles, either. So what can you do?
Well, you might want to consider hiring an executive coach. You may think that an executive coach is only about helping those at the top of the corporate ladder – those people in the C-suites of the world. But such a coach can also help an office work on what they need to do in order to be a great team that can take on any challenge.
And one of the biggest challenges you and your team may face is learning how to communicate. Different people may have different communications styles and different communications preferences. So when you have an office or organization with multiple people, conflict is inevitable at some point. But it does not mean that you have to have big fights. Believe it or not, there are ways to improve things without having knock-down, drag-out fights.
How an executive coach can help
You can hire an executive coach to talk to you and members of your staff in order to improve communications. The way this could work is that you talk to the executive coach, and the coach then interviews your staff, and talks with them about themselves, and what they would like to see improve at the workplace. Depending upon your individual situation, the executive coach can also talk with you and your staff about things like goal-setting, leadership, and setting up an action plan for each one of you.
After the executive coach gets the lay of the land and talks to you and your staff, he or she will have some concrete examples on what your communication styles are, and how to change things. If you are high up in management, it may be easy to think that things should be your way or the highway, but it is important to listen to what the coach suggests. There can be ways that you communicate that can be refined, and make you a more effective manager.
The coach can also have advice for your staff on ways for them to more effectively communicate with each other, and with you. For example, maybe weekly meetings where you get to air issues out in person, as well as communicating as needed on Skype, may work well for you. To learn more about executive coaching, click here.
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