Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

May 3, 2016

It’s Always That.

It’s always about the communication. Not what happened. Not what was said. Or not said. Bad news doesn’t get any better the longer you wait to tell it.

So why is it that many business leaders fail so horribly at delivering clear, concise strategy and updates?

Most leaders are afraid to admit it, but they’re hoping the problem will go away on its own.

And so they wait and hope that things change.

And then when they finally realize that things aren’t going to change, their problems just got a whole lot more difficult.

That’s the crazy thing about communication. It’s best delivered continuously and strategically.

You don’t need to try to sugar coat bad news so your team doesn’t get freaked out. On the other hand, you shouldn’t be a jerk —  callously threatening your employees just to get the short-term benefit of a little bit extra hard work.

Neither are great strategies.

But it’s how many leaders run their business.

Most of that has to do with stress. As a leader you bottle it up inside. You keep it to yourself. Trying to protect your team from the pressure you feel.

Communication allows you to let some of that stress ago. To alleviate the fear and doubt you have by enrolling your team in the pursuit of an audacious mission.

You replace your own worry with progress.

It’s always about communication. Figure that out and you’ll solve the rest of your problems.

About the author

Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up. He’s obsessed with it. He's set records as an ultra-runner and been the personal strategist for the leading business leaders of our time. He wrote a book, called EDGY Conversations that accidentally became a worldwide bestseller and continues to share his insights from the stage as a keynote speaker and on the blogs and podcasts you will find here. Most days, you'll find Dan heads-down, working on breakthrough strategies for his clients at EDGY Inc, a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley.