A Leader’s Cautionary Tale: Town Halls
Town hall meetings harken back to colonial times when political leaders incited the American Revolution by bringing together citizens to discuss issues of taxation without representation. Business leaders have long since cooped the concept in order to periodically address the entire organization for issues ranging from general business updates to dealing with massive (usually negative) change. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review
notes that a leader’s time is exceedingly limited, and the scope of their work is vast. This includes agendas, organizational levels and external issues. In this modern business reality, it is critical for leaders to ensure that their messages are effectively communicated, heard and understood by all of their constituents.