How CIOs Can Deliver Bad News in a Good Way

The bad news is always unwanted and C-suite level executives like CIOs are mostly given the job to inform workers. This type of news is never easy to deliver but you must do it anyway. In this article at the Accidental Successful CIO, Dr. Jim Anderson shares how CIOs can deliver bad news in a good way.

Delivering the Dreaded Bad News

CIOs desire to inform more project wins than failures. Unfortunately, we live in the real world and delivering bad news is as important as talking about the good ones. Find out below how to and not to deliver bad news:

The Wrong Way of Delivering the Message:

You are doing it wrong if you are doing the following:

Delivering Late: When something bad happens, we delay spilling the news. Some even completely disregard telling their teams about it. Tell you what, bad news should never be delayed or brushed under the carpet. It can lead to more backlashes from the people that trusted you.

Staying Away from People: Sometimes CIOs understand how the bad news would affect the teams and feel the same anxiety within them. They tend to stay away from the very people they need to discuss it with. If you yourself feel helpless about their situation, you cannot give them the required support. Studies say avoiding it because you feel bad can lead to unwanted outcomes.

What You Should Do Actually:

Instead of taking no action when you receive the bad news, do the following:

Create a Connection: It is important that CIOs reach out to people by showing their connection to the bad news. Let out your own emotions so that they understand that you are with them and understand their current state.

Show Empathy: Once they open up, show your empathy. Give them practical guidance, if you have any, to come out of the situation. If you are bad at showing empathy, there are plenty of leadership courses to prepare you. You must find the correct words and resonate their feelings genuinely.

Let Them Speak Out: Since it is so sudden, they are bound to have a lot of questions and might even voice resentments. Let them speak their mind. Listen to them carefully and take steps objectively. If you cannot do anything right now, be sincere and tell them that instead of giving false hopes. Simultaneously, encourage them to move forward and assure your support.

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Indrani Roy is currently working as a Content Specialist for CAI Info India. She has knowledge in writing blogs, product descriptions, brand information, and coming up with new marketing concepts. Indrani has also transcribed, subtitled, edited, and proofread various Hollywood movies, TV series, documentaries, etc., and performed audio fidelity checks. She started her career by articulating a knowledge base for an IT client, and, eventually, went on to create user manuals and generate content for a software dashboard. Writing being one of her passions, reading books is naturally her favorite pastime. When not lost in the world of letters, she is a foodie, movie buff, and a theater critic.

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