Transitioning from a tactical to a strategic role is one of the biggest leaps you’ll make in your career. If you’re being promoted within the same company it’s important for you to be aware that others will continue to perceive you as a tactician until you prove yourself. Try these communication tips to help you stay grounded in strategic thinking and to adjust how others perceive you.
- Always lead with your conclusion. Tacticians tend to lead up to their conclusion and provide every detail along the way. That’s a great way to lose your audience. Leading with the big picture and providing details if necessary allows for the conversation to stay focused on the strategic. This applies to in-person as well as email communication.
- Always have a solid rationale for your decisions. Be prepared to explain your thinking in an objective way.
- Speak up. The temptation (for almost every new manager) is to remain quiet in meetings. You need to let people experience how you approach problem solving so they appropriately understand your value. Adding value (versus continually seconding others’ opinions) is the goal.
Getting in the habit of staying focused on what will move the conversation forward will make your days more productive and position you as a good teammate.
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