If people do not feel that they have some influence they will stop supplying advice or feedback

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A major accountability of a Manager is holding effective meetings. There are essentially 3 types of meetings that can happen;

  • Informational
  • Consultative
  • Team Problem Solving
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All managers and team leaders should know how to conduct all 3 of the above meeting types to their fullest. All are required because they keep staff and team members informed about key issues, changes, resources, and the bigger picture of the goals and tasks allowing everyone to offer their expert advice.

Providing expert advice on your skilled-knowledge areas, to your manager as well peers in a meeting setting creates feelings of connection and true collaboration of a team.

Developing connection and collaboration requires that the manager (team-leader, supervisor, quality manager, etc…) does more than simply schedule the meetings. Every manager must be able to create an environment where they are receptive to feedback offered by team members and they respond appropriately to such feedback.

Team members have to feel that their manager is open to input and advice, that the manager will give the advice serious consideration and will always provide relevant and responsive feedback to the input and advice.

If people do not feel that they have some upward influence on their manager over time they will stop supplying advice or feedback.

When this happens team members feel that the communication is only one-way, top down. In this situation people will feel no obligation to keep their managers out of trouble and to help their manager when needed, leading to a win-lose instead of a win-win.


What do you think?

In what ways can managers / you create an environment conducive to input and advice from team members? In what ways are you currently able to have an upward influence on your manager?

Team Building Leadership Innovation expert Michael Cardus

michael cardus is create-learning

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