October 9, 2009 12:53 PM Subscribe
How do you communicate effectively with Executive level people?
Throughout my career (software) I've struggled with successfully communicating with executive types. They, (for reasons I can sympathize with), always have to put a positive spin on things and will de-accentuate the negative. While I can see the necessity of this for political reasons, it leads to situations where you're never quite sure if an executive is telling you something needs to be fixed, or if something can slide.
So, assuming you're interested in seeing your projects succeed, how do you parse the language of your managers and executive to find out what they really expect of you?
If your answer involves the phrase "talk to HR", please talk to /dev/null. I'm interested in clearing up communication channels such that the need to involve HR is removed.