Once in a while someone comes along with the unique ability to blend life’s circumstance with solid business advice. And in the case of Chad Hymas, he’s also an incredibly good person.
Chad’s new book, Doing What Must Be Done, will take you on a journey from despair to triumph. At the age of 27, he had a beautiful family and everything going his way. Then a terrible accident changed his life forever. The story would end there for most people. But Chad Hymas isn’t like most people.
As you are about to find out, there is much to learn from Chad.
I recommend that you purchase Doing What Must Be Done right now. Its lessons are important for your life and your business.
It is often said that communication is hard-wired to the bottom line of your business. What drives your bottom line? Is it a talented team that can execute or a marketing team that is competitive and motivated? Although these factors are important in your success, I believe without effective communication, you will fail.
How is your company doing? Is it doing okay – but not great? There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong – at least, not something you can put your finger on. Your employees are well chosen, intelligent, and talented. They do a lot, but what you really need them to do doesn’t seem to get done.
When that bale of hay fell on my head, I suffered a broken neck; my spinal cord was also damaged. The rest of me was fine; not a contusion, not an abrasion, not a bruise, but communication between the CEO (my brain) and my hands was compromised.
Nothing from my shoulders down works well. I can no longer walk, run or jump. I am in a wheelchair because the loss of communication between my brain and my body was compromised.
When the lines of communication in a corporation are down, communication is compromised both ways. The head – the head office – can’t get through to the body and the corporate body can’t send adequate feedback to the head. The CEO doesn’t know what’s going on downstairs and the corporate body doesn’t know what’s going on upstairs. Everyone is in the dark. They may be doing their jobs – but they aren’t getting the job done – because they don’t really know what “Done” looks like.
Effective communication is a two-way street. Signals must go in both directions and those lines must remain open. Loss of communication can take down anyone or any organization, no matter how viable or strong. The mighty Superman – Christopher Reeve – was felled, not by kryptonite, but by loss of communication. When he was thrown from his horse, his helmet saved his corporeal CEO, his brain, from the impact, but his neck was broken, his body deprived of instruction, and instantly paralyzed.
Though my brain is able to get information through to my body, it can’t send anything back; hence, the feeling of total disconnect. No sensation of anything below shoulders. Unless I look down, it seems I have no body at all. I feel like a floating head.
My hands and fingers get nothing and send nothing. It is my eyes that make it possible for me to type. They have to look and see what is going on and report to the CEO, so the boss can get some information to my biceps and wrists and rely on them to do the job that a thousand other muscles in my arms, wrists, hands and fingers should be doing.
They do the best they can. I type with paddles strapped to my wrists. This works okay. I can type fifty words per minute. For someone in my condition, that is darn good!
I am not complaining. I can and do a lot with my life, but I could do so much more if my brain and body could communicate better. How about you? How much more could your company do if your lines of communication were clear – both ways?
Is your corporate body communicating well with your executive team? Or is your corporeal organization suffering from a broken neck and compromised lines of communication?
What are the hidden costs behind poor communications? What is the risk to your company’s future if your leadership cannot communicate effectively, or if people can’t communicate with them?
Not only is the bottom line impacted, but costs as well. Have you ever wondered how much money is wasted by overworked employees that are wasting time putting out fires that could have been avoided if done right the first time?
How much better would you do if your lines of communication were open and clear – in both directions. I believe you would go from “okay” to “super” rapidly.
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