Interpersonal Communication for Engineering Leaders¶
Layer of culture
- learned & inherited
long pole: the critical component of the project
Hofstede's cultural dimention¶
- Power distance
- individualism versus collectivism
- masculinity versus femininity
- Uncertainty avoidance index
- long term orientation versus short term normative orientation
- indulgence versus restraint
Videos and Articles¶
The Power of Talk: Who Gets Heard and Why¶
TODO: add note about the reading.
How Gender Influences Communication Styles, Habits, and Behaviors?¶
- Man and women brain functions are overlap.
Personal Communication Improvement Plan¶
|Area of competence to improve||Actions to take|
|good attitudes||hide all your negative emotion on people and things, be pleasant and friendly|
|nervous||relax and show your passion on the topic|
|tone and intonation||adding more tone and intonation variations into your speaking|
|affirmation||speaking with affirmed tone|
Week 2 Leadership Presence¶
- Do you feel like a leader?
- Do you look like a leader?
- Do you act like a leader?
- Do you talk like a leader?
"A brand is what people say about you when you're not in the room"
"With more than 25 years experience as a communication professional, I offer excellent writing, editing and research skills to clients in the information technology industry."
"I help engineering students learn leadership skills so that they can leverage their creativity and technical skills to create a better world for all of us. My passion is teaching, my joy is seeing other successfully use what I help them learn."
"High energy motivational speaker and communication coach who loves the color red. I help business professionals learn how to come out of their shells so they can present themselves with confidence at business and social events and network their way to success."
- (old) Power, influence, big personality, forcefull presence
- (new) calm, confidence
- leadership presence
- Look confident
- communication clearly
- 3 dimentions
- How you act
- How you communicate
- How you look
- Use active rather than passive
- Hedge phrases
- Reduce filler word
- Use inclusive language
leaders should talk to their teams.
- use strong, active verbs
The team analyzed the material.
- Use specific words
- Make your tone professional and enthusiastic
- Voice quality
- talk slowly
- use phrasing and inflection
- Use pauses
- vary your voice
Effective communication is about engagement
Videos and Articles¶
Hold Great Meetings¶
- Your reputation for getting things done in meetings, of not wasting time, of gathering information, of facilitating strong group decisions, will carry over into your other activities and encounters with people.
- One of the first thing you can do when you start a meeting is to set a positive and productive tone. Your own demeanor and attitude are likely to be reflected by the people attending.
- Make sure you're pleasant and friendly even if today's agenda includes some difficult topics. Elon Musk has said that he leads by example, he brings his A-game to meetings, setting the standard for everyone to follow.
- You should already know what the goals of the meeting are. And you should've already sent the agenda and any reading material to the participants, expect them to come prepared. And be ready to hold them accountable in a firm but friendly way for the information you have distributed.
- In continuing to keep the tone of the meeting productive, make sure that everyone understands how each topic, each discussion and each decision fits into the big picture. For example, a decision may seem small, it may apply to a local team process but it's your job as a leader to connect that small decision to the overall goals of the organization and the needs of the business.
- Let's look at an example. Speaker one says, I think we can streamline our process if we combine our first two reviews into one and put it at the midpoint. Speaker two says no, that won't work. But I think we need that early review to help work out the bugs.
- (Yes, and..) Speaker 1 says, I think we can streamline our process if we combine our first two reviews into one and put it at the midpoint. Speaker 2 says, yes, and we can put the extra time and effort into better planning up front so we have fewer bugs.
Make Sure Everyone Gets Heard¶
- Be aware of your role as a leader.
- Your demeanor and your attitude can contribute to a positive atmosphere.
- Next, create some ground rules for how to handle hot spots, such as disagreements, controversial topics, aggressive interruptions and dominating speakers.
- Make Sure Everyone Gets Heard
Ask Insightful Questions¶
- Ask insightfull questions
- assimilate information
- make decisions
- support the big pictures
Week 3 Difficult conversation¶
- what you style of handling difficult conversation?
- ask, what emotions make me think this way? Where do they come from? What is real, and what are my assumptions?
How to make a person feel safe?
- avoid asking why question.
- avoid use the work but, but using and.
- not responding to effort --> keep the dialogue open
- stubbornness --> recognize their position and go back to goals
- Develop informal interpersonal relationships
- be consistent in your behavior
- explain your motivations
- be succint
- communicate and over communicate
Levels of listening¶
- Leve 3
- Fake attention
- tuning out the speaker
- More interested in talking
- Level 2
- Hearing words, but missing intent
- not looking at non-verbals
- Level 1
- Listening with understanding and respect
Videos and Articles¶
- Holly Weeks, Taking Stress Out of Stressful Conversations
- Amy Gallo, How to Mentally Prepare for a Difficult Conversations
- Accessing Your Listening Skills
- Crucial Confrontations Cricket Buchler
Week 4 Crisis Communication¶
- What is a crisis?
- How do you plan for crisis?
- How to communicate effectively in a crisis?
Crisis Communication plan
- Identify worse-case scenario
- Identify your audiences and plan how to reach each audience
- employees are your spokespeople
The key rule: communicate Early and Often¶
What if you don't have all the facts?
- prepare a holding statement
- establish regular media updates
- communicate company values
- avoid wating and "no comments"
- tell then what you'll do
- this is what we know
- this is what we care about
- we are investigating
- we will update you in an hour
living our value everyday:
- We care about the pepole involved
- We are committed to the full disclosure
And I think it's critical to point out today that if I don't understand what you are saying, I don't trust you. And if what you are saying is so technical and beyond my ability to understand, I'm not going to invest the time to figure it out. I just don't trust you. I don't like you. I don't believe you. So companies that take the time to help people understand how to make communication inclusive so that people can instantly understand what you are saying, I think is the secret here.