'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'
Leadership Principle required for Effective Teamwork
Successful communication requires an acknowlegment of receipt. If there is no acknowledgement you cannot be sure communication occured. For example. In Daniel 10:12-14 the prophet Daniel did not know if he got through to God because he heard no answer for 21 days.
Then he said to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come." NKJV
How many times have you emailed or called someone and recieved no reply? If someone speaks, emails, gives you a phone call, sends you a letter etc. the sender does not know if communicion occurs UNTIL you acknowledge it. In the Navy, "aye aye sir" was the simple term we used to communicate message recieved, assignment understood and I would comlply with the directive.
Leaders, you cannot hold your team accountable and improve the effeciency of your teamwork until you know they have recieved communication and understood it. This is where communication protocols can help. In the military we used terms of "over" and "out" to help accomplish this. In the corporate world we had standards set saying that we would respond to any form of communiation (email, phone) within 24 or 48 hours depending upon the company and the customer. The bigger the team or organization, the more useful this kind kind of discipline will be in serving your team.
Leader, it is your responsibility to enforce. Team, for the sake of the vision, assignment or mission, it is important that you practice the protocols. Anyone who doe not, affects the effeciency and efforts of the whole team. Leaders, you cannot hold your team accountable and improve he effeciency of your teamwork until you know they have recieved communication and understood it.
Eccesiasties 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might....