How to Stay "in the Loop"
Avoiding Nasty Surprises on Your Team
Do you ever get that nagging feeling that you don't know what's really going on with people on your team? Maybe you feel like they're talking about you behind your back. Or, worse, they're deliberately leaving you out of important decisions.
No one likes to be left out. It can make you feel anxious, and might even cause you to question your ability as a manager. After all, how can you do your job if you don't know what’s going on? Don't people trust you? Have you done something wrong? And is the team on course to meet its objectives?
Your priorities, decision-making, working relationships, stress levels, and professional reputation all depend on your ability to stay "in the loop" with your people. So, when communication breaks down, it's vital that you fix it as soon as possible.
In this article, we examine the impact of being "out of the loop," and look at some strategies you can use to avoid it, and to reconnect with your team.