Extracted from The Effectiveness Guide:
Do you know how to give a Situation Report?
Another way of becoming a more effective follower tomorrow than you are today is by giving your leader Situation Reports, which should be done at least weekly, if not more often.
What do you say when your leader stops by, or calls you on the phone, and asks “What’s up?”, “What’s happening”, or “How’s it going”?
Your leader is asking you for a Situation Report. If you want to stand out above your peers, give your leader a 30 second, Situation Report. It’s easy to do. Try this!
When asked about your present status, give your leader the answer to these questions:
- What are you currently working on?
- When do you anticipate finishing?
- What are your Changes and Unresolved Issues?
An Unresolved Issues is anything that could slow or stop your progress and include all the Questions, Unknowns, Issues, Concerns, Shortfalls, Obstacles, and Problems that remain either Unknown or the answer is Unacceptable to you.
Here’s an example a Situation Report:
One day, Bob took the entire day to visit all his followers at their office and asked, “What’s goin on?” Most followers said things like, “Not much, we’re okay, or same ole same-o.”
However, one follower said,
“I’m working on Project Alpha which should be done by Friday. I had to change the format slightly because we couldn’t get the Executive Summary on one page. By the way, I still need the input from Accounting. Can you help with that?”
Bob was impressed and said, “Nice work! Thanks. I’ll look into that input you need from Accounting.”
If you give this simple Situation Report, your leader will be stunned and you’ll gain instant credibility.
Also, whenever you identify a problem, bring it to your leader with your recommendation of several reasonable options.
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