You talk too much
Take a breath, listen – and be more effective
Whether it’s coaching, focus groups, interviews, or other information-gathering as part of consulting, I spend a lot of my work time listening to other people. I actually find much about people’s work lives fascinating. But even I have my limits. You see, some people, including CEOs and managers talk too much – much too much. It harms their relationships and compromises their effectiveness as managers, even though it may appear to have short-term benefits.
How it harms
Here are some of the ways that a manager who talks too much hurts his or her work relationships:
Why is it done
There is no doubt that managers who talk too much don’t like to hear others do so. Why then would someone violate the Golden Rule and subject others to such painful and self-destructive behavior?
What to do about it
If too-talkative managers works for you, you may wish to help them control this self-destructive tendency, one they may not even be aware of. Here are some points you can share:
Fred Mael, PhD, helps organizations and their employees work more effectively, and coaches executives and managers. www.maelconsulting.com. This article appeared in the April 2011 issues of Baltimore SmartCEO and Washington SmartCEO magazine.