Newsletter #22: Effective communication is not about what you say
One common mistake people often make when communicating is not optimizing communications for the desired outcome. It’s common to think of communication as broadcasting a message, but effective communication is focused on what people need to hear in order to reach the outcome you need. For software makers and tech leaders, @imeluny provides tips and techniques in this post to make your communication more effective.
While this article talks about a framework for hiring a VPE, I think the points discussed here are valuable and relevant to any tech leader leading teams. Leadership principles apply at all levels in my opinion. What differs is the dimensions and scales at which they’re exhibited.
@allenholub offers 27 useful principles for software development in this post. Most of the principles above resonate strongly with me, and I believe they are equally relevant to any software company.
For anyone starting one-on-one meetings or new managers, there is something to learn here from @Monica85Rodrig’s experience in running and conducting one-on-one meetings. If you’re just starting out, there are questions you can include in your one-on-one meetings as well.
Knowledge is a subtle stumbling block to effective communication. It's easy to fall into the trap of assuming your audience or team has roughly the same amount of context or information as you have on a topic. Rather than providing context, we assume everyone already knows the basics and skim through. That’s knowledge getting in the way of effective communication. This post provides a vivid example of how knowledge can get in the way of good communication in a technical environment.
Lauren McKenzie a director of Product Design at HubSpot shares interesting points about leadership in this post. True leadership entails more than simply empowering others as a result of your presence. It also entails ensuring that the impact endures beyond your presence. When you think of leadership this way, it shifts the focus from “you” to “they” or “we”.