Obstacles communicators face in the workplace

Being afraid to counsel executives, ask for help or pose questions will only hold you back. Read on to see whether these and other sticking points are keeping you from excelling.

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Doing great work means not only executing well, but also identifying what prevents you from doing so.

As you begin this new year (and new plans and projects) start breaking down some of the following roadblocks that might be keeping you from success:

1. Executing tactics without a strategy or objective. When working on teams, I often hear people ask, “What can we do?” instead of, “What are we trying to achieve?” To ensure your work makes a difference and goes in the right direction, begin each project by setting an objective, as well as a clear strategy that will help you meet that objective.

2. Not having the right tools in place. Being a great leader involves giving people the right tools to execute a strategy—and then getting out of their way. Without proper resources and access to them, a project can become overwhelming and take twice as long to complete. The right tools empower people to take success into their own hands.

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