Envision the Future – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 6

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Aug 16, 2017

Cheers to your progress so far! What did you learn about your organization or division from the last Challenge that you didn’t know before? Any intriguing feedback? I expect you unearthed some great, actionable items, or at least some stepping off points. 

This next Challenge is Envisioning the Future. You might have the most compelling vision for your organization, yet if you can’t get it out of your head and get others to see it and believe in it, it might as well not even exist. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

I Am Your Employee: Employee Wants and Needs to Drive Engagement

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Aug 14, 2017

Employees come to work for different reasons, have different goals, and are motivated by different things. How well do you know your employees? 

What Employees Want and Need

If employees could collectively tell you what they want and need, here’s what they might say:
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Tags: Employee Engagement, Internal Communication

Weekly Round-Up: Consequences of Easy Outs, Crucibles of Leadership, Be Everyone’s Favorite Boss, Leadership Lessons as an Expat, & Are You Leading or Hurting?

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Aug 11, 2017

Welcome to my weekly round-up of recent 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 read articles on the hard consequences of taking the easy way out, the crucibles, consolidation and power of a journal in leadership, 3 actions to be everyone’s favorite boss, 5 lessons on leadership and change from 5 years as an expat, and are you leading or hurting your employees. 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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Develop an Accurate Picture of the Business – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 5

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Aug 09, 2017

Congratulations! You’ve completed the first part of Courageous Communicator Quest that began with Knowing Yourself and owning who you are. Chances are, you stepped out of your comfort zone, and learned a lot about yourself. You are now ready for the second leg of your journey: What You Want to Accomplish. 

Start by asking yourself: What are your business goals? Big picture, where do you want to go? Do you have a vision for where you want to take your organization or division and what you hope to accomplish? Just as important, have you figured out how to explain all of it to others in a way that they can understand? Without context and planning, you’re venturing out to lead without the tools you need to succeed. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Leadership Styles: Do you lead like a shark or a whale?

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Aug 07, 2017

I remember a clip I saw on Nightline about the difference between sharks and whales. There’s the obvious – Jaws vs. Free Willy, but really, it’s not that simple.

Both rule the seas naturally because of their size and strength, but also because of their ability to hunt.  

And as I watched, I started to think of their respective hunting behaviors as ultimately, different leadership styles.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Weekly Round-Up: Why Millennials Quit, Things Smart Leaders Do, Great Change Leaders, Employees Who Disengage, & Leaders Who Freak Out

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Aug 04, 2017

Welcome to my weekly round-up of recent 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 read articles on the primary reason millennials quit and what organizations should do about it, 4 rare and brilliant things smart leaders do to get respect, 5 roles of great change leaders, when employees think the boss is unfair, they’re more likely to disengage and leave, and 3 reasons we don’t trust leaders who freak out. 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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Tags: Weekly Round-Up

Stay True to Yourself Under Pressure (Integrity) – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 4

Posted by David Grossman on Thu,Aug 03, 2017

Welcome back! How did sharing a personal story with your team or employee go in the last challenge? From experience, employees appreciate the human elements that come with integrating stories into communications about the business. It makes executives human and relatable. Because, employees want to know who you are before they will listen to what you have to say. 

And now onto the 4th and last Challenge in the first leg of your journey—Knowing Yourself—to become a Courageous Communicator. This Challenge focuses on the hidden strength behind the ability to say “I don’t know.” Effective leaders need to be honest, straightforward and timely in sharing what you know—even when there are open issues and/or there’s much that’s still hasn’t been decided. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication

Want Trusting Employees? Focus on Actions Not Words

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Aug 01, 2017

Talk is cheap. Especially when it comes to leaders and their ability to build and maintain trust. Just ask any employee. To them, it’s actions and results that matter most. It’s hard to escape online headlines that chronicle the latest corporate scandal, reminding us of the disastrous consequences when the actions of corporate leaders don’t match their words. 

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Tags: Feedback/Trust

The Four Questions Leaders Must Answer During Any Change

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Jul 31, 2017

Chances are you’re working today on a change that affects your team. How you implement that change will impact whether you meet your overall goals. 

Here’s the mistake leaders can’t help but make: they wait to communicate. Until they have more information. Until they have “all the answers.” Until it’s often too late. 

The result is that someone else is doing the talking – whether they’re right or wrong – and it’s feeding the grapevine. Worse yet, what employees then surmise is happening in their minds usually is much worse than the planned change.

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Tags: Communicating Change

Weekly Round-Up: Forgotten Opportunity for Business Leaders, Hourly Workers, Why Women Aren’t CEOs, PR Crisis War Room, & Summer Reads

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Jul 28, 2017

Welcome to my weekly round-up of recent 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 read articles on where business should spend more of their time (but don’t), 3 steps to building engagement with your hourly workers, why women aren’t CEOs according to women who almost were, what really happens inside a PR crisis war room, and recommended summer books for leaders. 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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