Decisions and approvals are two different things. You might make approvals, you might make announcements, but not the decisions.
What's the difference between the two within an organization?
It's making the recommendations to the team, says Julia.
Whether you're doing a global survey on your team or talking on your daily senior leadership team stand up, you're bringing the recommendations, and then decisions are made as a team. Approvals are then done by the CEO or the board. Decisions are not made by one person but by a group of people.
Once the approval is done, you then make the announcement. Announcements are Julia's favorite part. She tries to make them fun. Their monthly Scalers on deck meetings are always a riot.
How does Julia make their announcements fun?
They rebranded their monthly all-hands meeting. They shifted it to a "Scalers on deck" meeting to make it sound more fun.
They've also moved from the traditional one person who is delivering a lot of information, or you're hearing an announcement from every department to now, they change it up every time.
Julia asks each senior leader to think of something that's relevant within their department to share with the team, and then asks them to choose somebody on their team to present it. So they're having the Scalers present to the rest of the Scalers.
Peers learn better from peers, says Julia. You're going to listen way more when it's your friend talking than when it's HR talking.
Incorporating your brand into your meeting is one of the best ways to permeate the brand through everything, because it's not just the all-hands meeting, it's the Scalers on deck meeting.