None of us are very motivated to deliver bad news to anyone. Sometimes the reason is that we simply don’t like to admit failure. Other times we want to avoid the consequences of failure. Or we don’t want to be the messenger getting shot. It’s not always about ‘us,’ though. We often don’t want to communicate bad news because it’s painful to the receiver and we don’t like inflicting pain of any sort.
This presents us with a problem. If we want to avoid consequences, we must receive bad news in time for us act, change course or behave differently. We need to know what is happening, have an appreciation of the severity of the challenge and the impact of the consequences, and have sufficient opportunity to do something about it. Bad news is often the only effective motivator for change. Without it, we sail blindly into the reefs.
This session will discuss why ‘bad news’ is a pariah in our organizations, what we can do to both communicate bad new more effectively AND get others to do likewise. We’ll also touch on those situations where very few in the organization want something reported, and what it takes for an individual to do what’s right.
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This webinar series is a de Jager & Co and Interthink Consulting production.
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