It’s Time To Do a Better Job Telling Your Company Story – Guest Blogger Meg McSherry Breslin

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Oct 16, 2017

Company “profiles” are everywhere today – on corporate websites, in job postings, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook. With one click of the “About Us” link, anyone, anywhere can hear your company story.

So why are so many stories and profiles so weak, so boring and uninspired?

If this is one of the best shots at telling a company story, why do countless organizations settle for a poorly written, poorly designed, dry-as-dust blurb? 

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Tags: Guest Bloggers, Storytelling

Weekly Round-Up: 60 Personal Effectiveness Tips, 6 Executive Communication Tips, How Not to Hate Change, Set Yourself Apart, & 7 Fears to Overcome

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Oct 13, 2017

Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best recent leadership and communication blog posts.

  • 60 Personal Effectiveness Tips From World-Class Experts
    By Richard Medcalf (@rmedcalf), Quadrant

    “Effectiveness is more than productivity.  Whereas productivity is 'doing things right', effectiveness also includes 'doing the right things' and can be seen as a chain that links your daily activities to your deepest needs, desires and hopes for the future…”
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Tags: Weekly Round-Up

Empower Others and Help Them Believe in Themselves – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 13

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Oct 11, 2017

You made it! From the last Challenge – Give Others Feedback and Be Open to Input – how did your employees respond to your feedback? Were you open to their feedback as well? Effective feedback is a powerful learning experience for everyone involved. When done well, it can only move us forward. 

Your final Challenge awaits. Empowering others is one of the greatest gifts you can give your employees as a leader. It fosters innovation, increases employee engagement, and is essential to any progressive organization’s long-term success. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communicator Quest Challenge

The Importance of Saying What You Need to Say Now, With Quiet Courage

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Oct 09, 2017

Mom and Me, as Avi gets ready for her first horseback ride on Junebug.

I spend a lot of time talking to leaders today about the importance of being authentic, and saying what needs to be said. I know how difficult that can be. Still, I’ve learned on a personal level that it is truly worth it to keep trying.

I think of the time not long ago when I got the chance to say something really important to my mom. It was just before she passed away from Leukemia, and the worst kind.

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Tags: Authenticity

Weekly Round-Up: Top 3 Communication Mistakes That Kill Results, Curiosity, Effective Leadership, 3 Ways to Build Trust, & Leadership in Innovation

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Oct 06, 2017

Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best recent leadership and communication blog posts. 

  • The Top 3 Communication Mistakes That Kill Results
    By Shawn Rhodes (@ShoshinConsul via @bizjournals), Business Journals

    “Most organizations invest time and resources into improving operations — state-of-the-art equipment, expensive training programs and software systems that would baffle an astrophysicist. Unfortunately, there’s an endemic problem that makes even the most advanced technology useless...”
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Tags: Weekly Round-Up

Get Your Business Strategy onto One Page

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Oct 04, 2017

Remember travelling in the days before mapquest.com and GPS devices? 

Whenever my family would take a road trip, we’d dutifully call the AAA office nearby and request a TripTik, which was a flip book that contained detailed directions that got us from point A to point Z. All the information we needed was there, including the estimated timing for each leg, so we could measure our progress and success. 

Most organizations have their own version of a TripTik — a business strategy. Yet often, it’s locked away inside leaders’ heads, so the rest of the organization doesn’t know when the next turn is coming, how long the trip will take, and, most importantly, what they need to do as individuals and teams to make the journey a success. 

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Tags: Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Give Others Feedback and Be Open to Input – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 12

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Oct 02, 2017

You’re doing great, keep it up! What did you learn from the last Challenge? It should have been very helpful for you. It’s a great exercise to practice on a regular basis. You will notice over time how much easier it gets with continual improvements in your communication that lead to meaningful, productive outcomes. 

This is the second to last Challenge. We can see the finish line; we’re on the home stretch. Continuing with the focus on Leading Through Honest Communication, giving feedback is something many leaders I’ve spoken with admit they’re failing at. Specific feedback should be a standard part of meetings and discussions to be effective. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communicator Quest Challenge

Weekly Round-Up: Cutting Corners is Risky, Are You Creating Silos?, Research Results On Leadership, Most Important Decision, & Satya Nadella on Culture

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Sep 29, 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 why cutting corners is risky for knowledge workers, how to avoid creating silos, what research says about getting the most from your leadership pipeline, the most important decision every leader must make, and Satya Nadella on company culture. 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

The Hidden Value in Embracing Change

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Sep 26, 2017

A friend of mine is working on shedding some pounds. It’s a weighty challenge, even he’ll acknowledge (forgive the pun). He’s read every book and can describe a ton of strategies that work. That said, he’s struggling to put those strategies into practice. He’s not alone. While knowledge is power, or empowerment, it’s putting that knowledge into action that matters most. Easier said than done. 

As leaders, we can take charge of change, or we can let change happen to us. We can view change as bad and negative, or as an opportunity. We can fight it, or embrace the learning and development opportunities inherent in every change. 

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Tags: Communicating Change

Interview on Respectful Authenticity with Switched on Leadership Magazine

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Sep 25, 2017

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Christele Canard, Founder of Switched on Leadership – a monthly app magazine filled with the latest in leadership – to talk about Respectful Authenticity and the value it brings to oneself, both in and outside of the workplace.

Our Discussion

We covered a lot of ground and some key topics include:

  • Strategies to help you become more authentic
  • The best way to encourage your team to also be respectfully authentic
  • How companies are addressing authenticity in the workplace and why it’s imperative they do

And more!

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Tags: Awards/ Articles/ Interviews

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