Sunday, January 26, 2014

Communication Flow - Who Does What?

Ugh...Who Needs To Know?
Have you actually outlined your organizations communication flow? Does your organization take "checks and balances" to the level of "stepping on and over everyone else," causing confusion and frustration? I'll spare you my nightmare of participating in a Board position that had everyone frustrated. Why? Because there were a lot of rules with no seemingly clear logic, and processes that lacked clarity. For 30 days, emails consisted of "Do I give this to you?" "That should not have been posted" "You must give this to the President first for approval!" "Sorry, I was just trying to help." Geez, it didn't stop for 30 days! And in the center was one person, who like a traffic cop, was pointing everyone in  nonsensical directions using bold, underlined and italicized words in emails.  If you recognize you or your organization in this chaos, there's hope. Organization 101 states:

"Even entrepreneurial businesses, society groups, work groups, and small organizations need clear, concise communication flow." (KRB)                                                                                      
Type of Communication Flow Charts - From Simple to Complex
First let's recognize that communication can only go in four directions: 1) upward 2) downward, 3) horizontal and 4) multi-directional, which integrates numbers one through three. Obviously multi-directional communication promotes and encourages the "team spirit."

Building the Communication Flow Chart
You can create a communication flow chart in Excel, and for those who shake at the idea of creating one more spreadsheet, there are great templates to ease your pain. The Simple Flowchart above can be downloaded and easily manipulated.

Assigning Duties

In addition to defining the process flow, organizers must assign duties. This is where we really encourage teamwork (for 2, 20 or 200 persons). As you will note, we also tweaked our flowchart. Yes, as most processes, it's work in progress.

Of course this is a simple flow chart, but small or large communication flow should be clear within any company.  It makes transitions fluid, reducing the inter-communication stress. The best part about a flowchart, you can also define one for the daily activities in your one man - entrepreneurial shop!

Kathleen Brandt

2014 Keynote Speaker Series

Speaker Series for Corporations, Colleges, and Universities
Kathleen Brandt incorporates 20 years of international business dedicated to "implementing new business strategies" with an inspiring presentation to discover the Pioneer in you. With her experience as an Executive for top-tier international corporations she encourages and motivates her audiences to find new roads and discovering that You Are A Pioneer!©   

The You Are A Pioneer!© series is tailored to meet your organization's goals. This motivational presentation is a great way to get new ideas flowing and to embrace changes for your future success. Sometimes, all we need, is to know what is possible whether you are in a college/university setting, blazing a small business/entrepreneurial path, or need to give a jolt of energy and excitement to your marketing/sales department. 

Find the pioneer in you and your organizational staff! To book Keynote Speaker Kathleen Brandt, call 816-729-5995.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Join Me at Stephens College, Columbia, MO. 20 Jan 2014

Let's take a look at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and our own ancestors for motivation and the keys to a Pioneer Spirit. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. advised “You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” But, we all know the first step is the hardest and it takes courage. By reviewing qualities of character, suggested by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and others, we too can ascend the invisible staircase in order to realize your dream. Our ancestors did it! They moved forward with strength and conviction, preparing themselves for the "ruts ahead" as they migrated to new, open territories. From the past, we can learn  how to leap over roadblocks and brickwalls to lead the pack. 

Motivational and Life Coach to Your Dreams!
Kathleen Brandt

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Martin Luther Key Speaker Schedule

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We are no longer booking for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and have very few slots open for Jan 2014. However, Kathleen Brandt will continue offering courses, workshops and lectures for the 2014 Speaker Series.

For more information contact
Kathleen Brandt, Leadership/Life Coach