Guest Blogger: Simon Sproule on Picking an Industry Based on Personal Passion #NoCapeNeeded

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Jun 30, 2015

In the coming weeks before the launch of my next book, “No Cape Needed: The Simplest, Smartest, Fastest Steps to Improve How You Communicate by Leaps and Bounds,” we will publish a few leadership advice pieces that are featured throughout the book.  These posts offer the best advice industry leaders have received in their careers and are a must-read for those wanting to elevate their own performance at work.

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Work in an industry that you have a personal passion for.

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Weekly Round-Up: Clearly Communicating Expectations, 5 Ways to Become More Self-Aware & Time Management Tips

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Jun 26, 2015

Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog.

This week you’ll see articles on how to clearly communicate expectations, time-management tips and ways to become more self-aware.  These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you.

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Starting Thought: Time for Summer Vacation, Not for Email

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jun 24, 2015

The weather is warming up, my children are on summer break, and like many of you, I’m seizing this opportunity to go on vacation. However, unlike many people – I’ll be disconnecting from work email during that time.

 

By now you may be familiar with my thoughts on checking email during vacation and even my Email-Free Vacation Pledge.  But have you made the commitment to yourself yet? Read More

Tags: Email In The Workplace

Use Your Vacation Days and Take a Real Summer Vacation, Not a Workcation

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Jun 22, 2015

Summer has rolled around again, and that well-deserved time off is waiting for you. But will you even take it? If you do, will you end up setting up your office on the beach, busily answering emails and phone calls while your family begs for your attention?

If you’re like many U.S. workers, you’ll try the office on the beach approach. A number of new studies tell the story: taking a real vacation is becoming a tough feat for many of us.

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Tags: Email In The Workplace

Weekly Round-Up: How to Craft a Persuasive Message, Core Elements of Social Leadership & Tips for Managing Employee Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Jun 19, 2015

Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog.

This week you’ll see articles on discovering the core elements of social leadership, insights to workplace empathy from Sheryl Sandberg and techniques to transform leadership communication.  These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you.

  • How to Craft a Persuasive Message
    By Jesse Scinto (@jessescinto), LinkedIn Pulse
    Wearing blue denim overalls and leather utility belt, a man stands in a subway car holding his toolbox. It’s morning, and he’s on his way to work. But this is no ordinary man.  It’s a giant…”
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REMINDER: Webinar 6/25 - The Ultimate Communicators' Checklist: The 7 Habits Every Communicator Must Master

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jun 17, 2015

WHO: Communicators at any level

WHAT: 75-minute webinar to help you plan and communicate with impact

WHEN: Thursday, June 25, 2015 | 2-3:15 p.m. CST

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Tags: Communication Skills

Internal Communications Check-Up: What’s Your Organization’s Temperature?

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Jun 15, 2015

I firmly believe that leaders are always communicating, whether they intend to or not. And just like a leader sends a message by communicating – or not – an organization shows its commitment to communication whether it intends to or not.

That’s why, when clients come to us for help on improving communication, we start by taking the organization’s temperature. That means evaluating some big-picture indicators of its commitment to the practice and value of communication.

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Weekly Round-Up: 5 Steps to Improve Your Leadership Style, Essential Talents of Effective Managers & Ways to Respond to Negative Emails

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Jun 12, 2015

Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog.

This week you’ll see articles on how to create a culture of daily mentorship, seizing the opportunity of employee activism and the 7 essential talents of effective managers.  These articles will provide you with tips, strategies and thought-starters from many of the smart folks in my network. So whether you’re a new leader or an industry veteran there’ll be something here for you.

  • Employee Activism: Are You Seizing the Opportunity
    By Switch & Shift (@switchandshift)
    This week, inspired by a ground-breaking report from Weber Shandwick, the #SocialLeader community took on “employee activism” – where our employees and team members care enough about our products, services and mission to become…”
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Unproductive Time on Email Quickly Becoming a Corporate Productivity Concern

Posted by David Grossman on Thu,Jun 11, 2015

For years, the discussion around email volume at work centered on work-life balance. Employees complained that email at all hours was a significant contributor to workplace stress.

While that remains a concern for many employers, the lost revenue from email overload is now grabbing executives’ attention even more. As more companies learn how much wasted time is spent on email, they’re very motivated to do something about it. For instance, the highly publicized “Zero Email Initiative” at the global technology firm Atos grew out of a company analysis that found the average employee was spending 15 to 20 hours a week checking and answering emails.

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Internal Social Media Is Not a Magic Bullet

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Jun 09, 2015

Despite the potential of Enterprise Social Media (ESM) to foster leader-to-employee dialogue and peer-to-peer collaboration, it’s important to remember that social media is not in itself a panacea for every challenge your company faces.

It’s true that ESM can enhance the way information flows inside your organization.
But on their own, internal social media platforms can’t create dialogue and engagement out of thin air. At its best, ESM enriches a healthy communications landscape—a landscape that should feature strong leadercommunicators™, compelling storytelling, aligned and consistent messaging, and effective tools and measurement, among other attributes.

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