#review&reflect: Taking a Look Back to Take a Step Forward with Professional Dialogue

“Follow effective action through quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” ~Peter Drucker

This is TheSchoolHouse302 monthly #review&reflect, wrapping up our focus on professional dialogue.

What do I need to master to lead better and grow faster for more effective professional dialogue?

Master the 5Cs of Professional Dialogue, which is a model for organizational feedback and growth. Use the 5Cs to improve not only communication in your organization but to ensure success.

  • Be in their Corner to help them grow and develop. Does your feedback communicate that you’re in the person’s corner no matter what you’re saying?
  • Use Candor to reduce confusion, add clarity, and achieve success. Is your feedback specific, candid, two-way, and ongoing?
  • Always Communicate Clearly so everyone is on the same page. Are your organization’s goals clear enough to use in a conversation regarding performance?
  • Demonstrate Care so everyone is working in an environment of support and growth with high expectations. Do your words and actions demonstrate care for the people in your organization?

What should I read to continually learn and grow in the use of professional dialogue?

In our #readthisseries we featured Shine by Edward Hallowell. Although this book is not specifically on professional dialogue, Dr. Hallowell offers very practical ways to get the most out of your people, all backed by neuroscience.  

  • Ensure you Select the right people and they are in the right position.
  • Allow people to Connect with other team members and their work.
  • Provide opportunities for people to Play and unleash their imagination.
  • Create an environment where people can Grapple and Grow.
  • Help people to Shine through recognition and authentic praise.

What does an expert have to say about professional dialogue?

For our #onethingseries, we interviewed Principal EL.  

“What I do is my passion; my job is to get better at it” ~Principal EL

In this powerful interview, @principal_EL covers a ton, from his experience as a principal to learning from social media to being honest with yourself as a leader. Don’t miss it. It’s worth a second or third listen at around 20 minutes in length.

That’s our #review&reflect for professional dialogue. Take a look back to take a step forward.

TheSchoolHouse302 is about getting to simple and maximizing effective research-based strategies that empower individuals to lead better and grow faster.

Please let us know how the 5Cs work for you, what you are reading to improve yourself, and your thoughts on leadership and growth here on our blog and twitter.

Joe & T.J.

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