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Providing Clarity to team

Kamal Raj Guptha R

Engineering Manager at Jeavio

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Having got the opportunity to observe several dozen leaders closely, I can tell that one of the worst thing a Leader could do is โ€ฆ

โGiving confusing directions every week (or even worse every other day)โž

In one of the earlier orgs I worked, we used to have a weekly call with our Director who was a good person but a bad Manager.

He would contradict himself every other week (& sometimes every other day via emails). We would never be clear on what to do or when to do. And he would reprimand us for not adhering to his directions.๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

After this weekly call, we used to have so much anxiety that couple of us would go for a long walk to calm us down or go eat junk food to reduce our anxiety ๐Ÿ˜‚.

When we pointed this out, he used to give us some random justification or would shut us up using various tactics.

I was so naรฏve back then to believe that I should improve on managing up and become better at my influencing skills to change him. Learning to manage up & improving influencing skills are definitely good, but it won't work with people who never want to change & grow.

Learnt it the hard way that working in such an environment for a long time is absolutely injurious to career, wealth & health.

๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ซ๐š ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐›๐ž ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ซ๐š ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž. Lack of clarity, on the other hand, reduces speed, reduces innovation and reduces effectiveness.

๐‹๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ & ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐š๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ง๐๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ฆ. It might not be possible to give 100% clarity on all areas. About those few remaining areas, one has to be transparent, humble & vulnerable and the team will always understand.


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Kamal Raj Guptha R

Engineering Manager at Jeavio


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