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Taking A Message Forward When You Disagree

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Jul 17, 2018

When we plan and are purposeful, it can be relatively easy to communicate topics we support and care about. But how do you deliver messages that you don’t support or agree with?

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Tags: Leadership Communication

Weekly Round-Up: Unlikely Leadership Tactic, Communicate With Persuasion, How Introverted Leaders Communicate With Impact, When You Don’t Know, & An Essential to Great Leadership

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Jul 13, 2018

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

  • The Unlikely Leadership Tactic of Being the Stupidest Person in the Room
    By Gail Golden (@goldencoach), Gail Golden Consulting

    “We’ve all met business leaders who always want to be seen as “the smartest person in the room.” Sometimes they really are highly intelligent. Other times they are empty suits. But it’s always wildly irritating to watch them swagger about. They are terrible listeners, they don’t contribute well to team goals, and often their communication is dripping with condescension...” Read more >>
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Tags: Weekly Round-Up

Career Advice from Senior Leaders: Anne Toulouse, Vice President, Global Brand Management at Boeing

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jul 11, 2018

I shared the first piece of advice in our Career Advice series a few weeks ago, which covered the topic of finding intersections in your work, and recognizing that it’s okay to not have all the answers. I hope it resonated with you or someone you know.

Next, I want to share some wisdom on the importance of asking for help – especially before it’s too late.

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Tags: Career Advice

Someone to Know: Q&A with AbbVie Director of Internal and Leadership Communications Matt Goebel

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Jul 09, 2018

I’ve worked with this incredible leader in a few capacities over the years and I have to say he has a true knack for leadership communication and staying calm under pressure. It’s one of his many superpowers! I’m honored to introduce you to Matt Goebel, Director of Internal and Leadership Communications at AbbVie. In our Q&A he weighs in on his role today, how AbbVie rallies their 29,000 global employees around their mission to make an impact on people’s lives and the parallels he draws between his skills as an auctioneer and his role in communications. He’s full of wisdom and I hope you enjoy our Q&A.

Q&A with Matt Goebel,
Director of Internal and Leadership Communications
at AbbVie

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Tags: Someone to Know Series

Weekly Round-Up: Investing in Your Sweet Spots, Boosting Your Leadership, Gain Your Footing Back, Effective Performance Management, & Coaching the Uncoachable Employee

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Jul 06, 2018

Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best recent leadership and communication blog posts. 
  • Six Actions Leaders Take When They Lose Their Footing
    By Terri Klass (@TerriKlass)

    “It happens to all of us during our careers. We go with the flow and even face our scariest projects and colleagues with courage and determination. We convince ourselves nothing will stop our trajectory, no matter how many roadblocks are put in our way. We choose to let the mantra - “We will survive” become our north star. But then BOOM!…” Read more >>
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Tags: Weekly Round-Up

Weekly Round-Up: Why Don’t We Make Time for Strategy?, Move Your Plan Forward, Meetings That Get Results, Leaders Need to Redefine Ambition, & Fortifying Your Leadership

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Jun 29, 2018

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

  • If Strategy Is So Important, Why Don’t We Make Time for It?
    By Dorie Clark (@dorieclark via @HarvardBiz), Harvard Business Review

    “Almost every leader wants to make more time for strategic thinking. In one survey of 10,000 senior leaders, 97% of them said that being strategic was the leadership behavior most important to their organization’s success. And yet in another study, a full 96% of the leaders surveyed said they lacked the time for strategic thinking...” Read more >>
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Tags: Weekly Round-Up

Someone to Know: Q&A with Unum Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Jim Sabourin

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jun 27, 2018

You might know him as the past Chairman of the PRSA Corporate Communications Section… Next up in our series is Jim Sabourin, senior vice president and Chief Communications Officer at Unum. He’s a kind and open leader who’s known for being masterful at relationship and reputation management. He’s dealt with countless reputation issues throughout his career and shares a refreshing take on his role as the SVP of Communications, including some fantastic advice for leaders who want to be better. I hope you enjoy our Q&A.

Q&A with Jim Sabourin,
Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
at Unum

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Tags: Someone to Know Series

Career Advice from Senior Leaders: First Up is Jennifer Leemann, Vice President, Internal Communications at Tapestry

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Jun 25, 2018

It’s graduation season again – one of my favorite times of year. Not just because I get to see family and friends’ children take the next step in their lives, but also because it’s the time of year where new and fresh minds start to enter the workforce. I remember the feeling well and it comes with mixed emotions: excitement and often some angst in starting a first or a new job.

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Tags: Career Advice

Weekly Round-Up: Improve Communications in Virtual Teams, Be a More Influential Leader, How to Avoid Arrogant Leadership, Making Meaningful Change, & Fantastic Company Culture Hacks

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Jun 22, 2018

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

  • Five Ways to Improve Communication in Virtual Teams
    By N. Sharon Hill and Kathryn M. Bartol (@mitsmr), MIT Sloan Management Review

    “As collaborative technologies proliferate, it is tempting to assume that more sophisticated tools will engender more effective virtual communication. However, our study of globally dispersed teams in a major multinational organization revealed that performance depends on how people use these technologies, not on the technologies themselves.” Read more >>
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Tags: Weekly Round-Up

Leaders and Communicators: We Often Get in our Own Way

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Jun 19, 2018

It’s a habit that’s easy to fall into – focusing on a communication opportunity from a tactical perspective. The thought process is more about what to say than what we want to accomplish with an audience in the context of our larger business plans.

It’s often like we can’t help ourselves. What we’re really doing is making a choice to not be as effective as we can be. And to waste valuable time and energy. Not to mention reducing the chances of us making the most of the communication opportunity at hand to get the impact we want.

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Tags: Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

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