1. Still shying away from Twitter? Almost a third of senior executives now use the social-networking tool, according to a survey by NFI Research. Leo Babauta, who blogs about social media, recommends trying it for a while, along with other forms of social media.
“It doesn’t hurt to try [the tools] out,” he writes on Mashable.com, “but you simply can’t keep up with it all, and what’s more, it’s not the best use of your time. Not all forms of social media are effective for all goals, for all people. Be selective and guard your time wisely.”
2. Gauge reactions to a controversial announcement before you deliver it to a group. Prep people one-on-one to learn who will object and why, and then address their concerns. Is the person uncertain about the future? Share the scenario you expect to unfold. Does the change jeopardize a project? Share plans for keeping it afloat. Demonstrate that you get it by using body language that conveys concern and empathy.
— Adapted from “Seven Communication Mistakes Managers Make,” Stever Robbins, Harvard Update.
3. Seek a new hire with integrity, intelligence and energy, advises Warren Buffett. “But the most important is integrity because if they don’t have that, the other two qualities, intelligence and energy, are going to kill you.”
— Adapted from The Tao of Warren Buffett, Mary Buffett and David Clark.
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