Leading Through Effective Communication
This is a recording made during the Plenary Session at NEMC on August 4, 2021 at the Environmental Measurement Symposium in Bellevue, Washington.
A question which comes up repeatedly in leadership: “What role does communication play in becoming an effective leader?” Leaders communicate their vision and strategy, and inspire higher levels of performance, while providing practical verbal and written direction. How well is their message communicated and received? Is the result improved performance and commitment? What practical situations require a refined level of communication? Does listening and trust contribute to a leader’s communication effectiveness? Since communication is the lifeblood of any healthy relationship, leaders must communicate effectively to breathe life into the laboratory organization. As Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. said, “It's about communication. It's about honesty. It's about treating people in the organization as deserving to know the facts. You don't try to give them half the story. You don't try to hide the story. You treat them as - as true equals, and you communicate and you communicate and communicate.”
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Rick Parmely is the founder of Polished and Professional LLC, a training company that specializes in improving personal and professional communications resulting in enhanced leadership skills. His instruction is provided to individual clients, management and leadership teams, and training groups of all sizes. After teaching undergraduate chemistry at West Point, New York and Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, Rick joined Restek Corporation in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, in 1997. He taught chemistry and separation science theory to hundreds of clients throughout the world. With 35-plus years of teaching experience, Rick teaches science and communications courses to audiences of all sizes, both domestically and internationally. He has travelled to Europe and Africa and parts of China, working with individual clients as well as a number of groups, including NATO officials, technicians at the U.N. Pesticides Laboratory in Austria, and scientists at the University of Nairobi.
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