20 Ways to Communicate With Employees

  1. Share credit. Always.
  2. Praise in public and give feedback in private.
  3. Include affected employees in goal setting. 
  4. Give frequent and meaningful recognition for a job well done.
  5. Interact with employees on an informal basis.
  6. Go to shared work areas. Meet them on their own turf.
  7. Ask for team members’ opinions and listen with an open mind. Try to understand their point of view.
  8. Share non-confidential information with team members, and ask for their input and response on issues.
  9. Offset demoralizing actions and events by emphasizing what went well, and use the experience as a learning opportunity.
  10. Listen 80% of the time and talk 20%.
  11. Ask team members what rumors they have heard, and address them.
  12. Get into the “trenches” with team members. Look for opportunities to understand employees’ jobs better.
  13. Give information to staff after management meetings.
  14. Ask team members. “Have I made our vision, mission, and goals clear and understandable?
  15. Ask team members, “What can I do to help you with your job, and what am I doing that gets in your way?”
  16. Ask team members”What is making our clients/customers the most and/or the least satisfied?”
  17. Find something to like about each team members with whom you work.
  18. Actively make a point of speaking to all employees seen each day.
  19. Build bridges with people with whom you are uncomfortable.
  20. Set goals each month on ways to accomplish “Managing by Walking Around.”
  21. Occasionally have lunch with team members.  Use this as an opportunity to build trust.

Adapted from “A Checklist for Managers,” by Robin Reid


A Summary of Comparative Mindsets

Are you a boss or a coach?

Boss Coach
Pushes / Drives Lifts / Supports
Tells / Directs / Lectures Asks / Requests / Listens
Talks at people Engages in dialogue with people
Controls through decisions Facilitates by empowering
Knows the answer Seeks the answer
Triggers insecurity using fear  to achieve compliance Stimulates creativity using purpose to inspire commitment
Points to errors Celebrates learning
Problem solver / Decision maker Collaborator / Facilitator
Delegates responsibility Models accountability
Creates structure and procedures Creates vision and flexibility
Does things right Does the right things
Knowledge is power Vulnerability creates power
Focused on the bottom line Focused on process that creates the bottom-line results


Susan Hendrich – Leadership and Training Specialist

Susan’s Professional Profile

Fifteen years’ experience in leading highly successful learning development and change management in business, technology and human service teams. Proven record of facilitating accomplishment of team goals through trusting relationships. Able to foster environments of exceptional employee morale, productivity, and impeccable customer service. Possess a big-picture understanding of business operations within multiple industry settings.

Proven ability to bridge technology and business goals to provide productive learning solutions and facilitate a positive orientation toward problem solving. Utilize strategic methods to find best-practice solutions to complex problems. Offer a solid balance of business operations knowledge, interpersonal relations, and industry best practices. Able to infuse hopeful perspective in difficult situations.

• E-Learning Solutions Development
• Strategic and Operational Planning
• Information Technology Management
• Diplomatic Intervention and Negotiation
• Team-Building, Problem Solving and Training
• Graphic / Creative Design
• Crisis / Critical Incident Stress Management
• Nationally-Recognized Presentations

Recent Highlights
Led development of comprehensive CRM, SRM, LMS, LCMS software suites • Leadership Wichita Mayoral Cabinet Nominee • Facilitated hundreds of workshops for corporate, university, non-profit & military teams • Taught Leadership, Management, Learning Strategies Courses at several major universities • Produced 5 national award-winning wall calendars • Penn State University: President’s Award – Finalist • President’s Commission on Racial / Ethnic Diversity – Appointee • American Red Cross Commendations • Kansas Psychological Association Board of Governors – Board Member

Education and Training
Florida Tech University, Melbourne, Florida
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Degree Conferred: 9/95

Florida Tech University, Melbourne, Florida
Master of Science in Clinical Psychology Degree Conferred: 8/93

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Clinical Option Degree Conferred: 6/91

Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
Executive Development Institute Certificate Earned: 11/99
Coursework in Computer Science 9/00 – 12/01

Career Progression

VANGUARD – Malvern, Pennsylvania
Instructional Designer/Project Manager- www.vanguard.com
10/07 – PRESENT
6/07 – 10/07 (Contractor through Randstad In-house Services)
Design and develop training courses for the world’s largest pure no-load mutual fund company. Conduct needs-analysis, identify target audience, & develop learning objectives, functionality, & interface appearance. Partner with subject matter experts to develop high-level designs, detail-level designs, storyboards, testing, & flow charts. Supervise production and assist in managing project budget. Ensure compliance with current brand consistency and corporate requirements.

NIGHT KITCHEN INTERACTIVE – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructional Designer / Project Manager – www.whatscookin.com
3/06 – 6/07
Supported development of training courses for the pharmaceutical, arts/culture, and multimedia communications industries. Conducted needs analysis, identified target audience, & developed learning objectives, functionality, & interface appearance. Partnered with subject matter experts to develop storyboards, testing, & flow charts. Supervised production & assisted in managing budget. Ensured compliance with worldwide regulatory requirements & SOPs.

Clients: The Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of Natural History, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Delaware Art Museum, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Academy of Natural Sciences, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Sequent Learning Networks

Director, Kansas Children’s Mental Health Training 2/00 – 2/06
Led a training and technology program responsible for serving more than 3000 community-based service professionals. Planned/directed technology integration into a $3.6 million government contract housed at the University. Managed development, implementation and maintenance of integrated software systems designed for total customer care.

HSP, INC. – Wichita, Kansas
Advisory Board Member   9/01 – PRESENT
Business Consultant   1/96 – 8/99
Provide consultation on customer & employee relations, shop flow processes, product development, and management of an aircraft parts manufacturing firm. Assist C-level, LOB and technical professionals in change management and strategic planning. Provide crisis management and resolution. Contribute leadership vision at management and planning sessions. Assist in establishing intermediate and long-term company goals, marketing strategies, and product development lines.

COMCARE of Sedgwick County, Wichita, Kansas
Director of Family & Children Community Services, Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
8/97 – 1/00
Provided leadership and oversight of Kansas’ largest community mental health center children’s program. Focused on quality service delivery, continuous improvement and optimization efforts, including developing and streamlining processes, as well as designing innovative programs to assist target populations. Utilized strong interpersonal relationship skills to facilitate increased productivity through problem solving and morale building.

Technical Expertise
Original Software Co-Developed

  • YOTO™  (Your Online Training Organizer)
  • KidSoft ™ System (Kids Information Database Software)
  • FeedbackLOOP ™ (Learning Optimization Online Program)
  • CMO™ (Case Management Online) Learning Management System
  • KT Course BuilderLearning Content Management System
  • Content Builder Authoring Tool
  • Kids Training Team: www.kidstraining.org
  • Training Teams: www.trainingteams.com

Information Technologies Managed
Microsoft SQL Server 2000/7.0 • Exchange Server 2000 • Adobe Creative Suite (CS2) – Photoshop, Illustrator • Visual Basic.NET/ 6.0 • C# • Crystal Reports 8.5 • MS FrontPage 2000 • HTML • Active Server Pages.NET/3.0 • Javascript 1.3 • VBscript 5.0 • Macromedia/Adobe Flash MX, Freehand 10

Operating Systems Used
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP Professional • Palm O/S

Software Application Expertise
MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Visio, Access, FrontPage 2000 • Adobe: Photoshop CS2, Illustrator 10.0 • XML Articulate Presenter, Quizmaker 2.0 • Lotus Notes • Xara 3D Macromedia: Freehand 10 • Dreamweaver MX 2004 • Moodle LMS Captivate / RoboDemo • Camtasia

Other Administrative / Supervisory Experience

  • Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research: Editorial Board Member / Reviewer 11/00 – PRESENT
  • Sedgwick County Stress/Trauma Assistance Team
  • Critical Incident Stress Management Team Lead 11/99 – 2/06
  • Wichita Collaborative Psychology Internship Program, Wichita, Kansas: Curriculum Committee Coordinator; Doctoral Internship Supervisor 8/97 – 3/06
  • Kansas Psychological Association, Board of Governors: Member 12/98 – 1/01
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas: Graduate Research Project Committee Chairperson 8/98 – 2/02
  • Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania: Counselor Education: Senior Teaching Assistant 1/90 – 5/91