You know the meeting: rambling conversations, tangents, and vague instructions. Not only is this frustrating, but it’s downright unempathetic to people! What is this lack of clarity costing you in terms of productivity, engagement – and bottom line budget? Today my guest, The Queen of Clarity, Ann Latham, shares why we aren’t clear and what it’s costing us.
Today, Anne talks about how clarity unleashes next steps. We talk about where clarity is and where it is not in your organization, three requirements for creating clarity, and what you can do today to increase clarity in your organization and boost productivity and engagement. I’ll give you a spoiler: Eliminate “treadmill” verbs. Find out what we mean by that and take a listen!
- Clarity comes not from the answer, but from asking the right questions.
- Understanding the decisions involved is the first step to clarity in any meeting with anybody. That is what unleashes real progress.
- The first step is seeing how unclear we are. Once you see it, you cannot unsee it.
- Creating your agenda with treadmill verbs is a waste of time and will not help your meeting to progress forward.
“When you’re clear, everyone can be on the same page, everyone can contribute their maximum and do their best, and everyone knows where things stand.” — Ann Latham
About Ann Latham, President, Uncommon Clarity
ANN LATHAM, known widely as the Queen of Clarity, is the author of the new release, THE POWER OF CLARITY, in addition to THE CLARITY PAPERS and UNCOMMON MEETINGS. She is also the founder of US-based consulting firm Uncommon Clarity. Her clients represent over 40 industries and range from organizations such as Boeing, Hitachi, and Medtronic to non-profits such as the Public Broadcasting Service, the United Way, and colleges and universities.
Ann’s advice has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Bloomberg, and Management Today. She is also an expert blogger for Forbes.com.
She speaks frequently to a wide range of audiences and is a guest lecturer for the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management.
Ann is also the sole recipient of a corporate award that she cherishes to this day: Most Likely To Dispute Recognized Authorities.
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