Collaboration is useless without understanding how to communicate. It’s the reason why projects, teams, and eventually organizations fail.

As an employee, you need to make sure that you learn how to effectively communicate with your leadership and other coworkers before you start working with others.

You might think that this would fall under the responsibility of your manager, but you can take some actionable steps to get started.

Make sure that all of your communication (regardless of the medium) fit under the following criteria:

1. Clear
2. Concise
3. Free of any ambiguity

When your messages hit all three, you’ll start to see an improvement in the quality of work as well as strengthened work relationships.  

Take action on your communication and don’t wait until something goes wrong to start.