The key thought behind this week’s word is “analysis.” By definition, to explicate is to analyze and develop in detail, often with the intent of finding and giving meaning.
Additionally, there are a number of other words associated with this definition, specifically clarification. The intent of explicating an idea or principle is to bring simplicity in order to make it comprehensible.
One of the greatest challenges to any area of leadership involves communication. When communication lacks clarity, the result brings confusion and frustration. How can leaders explicate vision, mission, and values?
Use easy to understand language. Too often, leaders use terminology that others do not comprehend when trying to communicate important messages.
Be careful about assumptions. Leaders who assume others know what they are talking about generally make a grave mistake.
Keep the message concise. Too many words can be as detrimental as too many “run to the dictionary words.” Avoid sharing everything we know. Less is more.
Remember the old K.I.S.S. acronym: Keep it short and sweet!
These are just a few ideas to consider when trying to explicate matters of vision, mission, and values as leaders.