Re: Leadership: How and When to use email effectively
Back in the day (before email) each shop had a read & sign clipboard. Letters, info, etc. was posted to the the clipboard and there was a cover sheet for the weekly read & sign (signifying that you had read and understood all the info during that week). If it was important, there was a memo that was posted. Each morning started with a short shop meeting, 5 - 15 minutes.
Email is a good/bad thing. As a leader I would make sure the word got out...but I usually took the time to see if the To line already included everyone to eliminate the duplication, but sometimes the CC, CCF, and I would all forward within a few minutes of each other. What I discovered was that too many of the section NCOICs would not have a shop meeting or forward on staff meeting notes to their folks, so it became more important for me to disseminate information.
I too wish we could do better at sending out short 2-3 paragraph emails that get right to the point...maybe that should be part of the new EPME-next curricula. The other side of that coin is exactly what you have hear, an internal email that is leaked outside the organization...that is why email is so rarely used as it could/should be.
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