The Manager’s Overview vs. Point of View

We’ve reached the last week of January which means that most companies have completed their launch of the new year. In the last two months, we’ve worked on many of these “new year” keynotes as leaders set direction and position new priorities for the year ahead. Great leaders invest the time to get it right because they know that the impact of the message should set momentum for the months ahead.

Over the years, I’ve paid attention to what happens after the big launch. Most companies begin a cadence of monthly and quarterly meetings to find out how well those big initiatives are working their way through the company. The tables turn, and leaders are no longer talking to managers. Managers must now report out to leaders on how the initiatives are working. And in many cases, the smaller meetings that begin to take place drop off quickly in impact and value.