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Weekly Round-Up: Why You Should Listen More, Risks of Misaligned Purpose, Lessons From Embarrassing Moments, Company Culture Now & Employee Burn Out

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Feb 17, 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.

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How To Create Line of Sight For Your Employees

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Feb 15, 2017

To drive engagement, help employees personalize strategy and understand how they fit in

I wrote recently about research from a myriad of sources that shows that employees overall don’t understand company strategy. Said another way, they don’t get how they fit in. And that’s a missed opportunity.

This “fit” is often called line of sight. Put simply, line of sight means that employees can see the connection between their goals and the organization’s goals.

The benefits are many – to ensure that employee’s best efforts are helping achieve the organization’s goals, as well as to help them know that the work they’re doing matters. Employees want to know they’re making a contribution to the larger whole, which helps drive engagement.

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Tags: Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Improve Two-Way Communication In Just 9 Steps

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Feb 13, 2017

The ability to engage in strong two-way communication with employees is a must-have skill for leaders – especially those looking for ways to increase employee engagement. And oddly, I’ve found that this is an area many leaders and managers overlook. All too often, they don’t even realize they are having communication issues that if addressed, would lead to immediate returns on their time invested.

So, if you’re looking to improve your two-way communication, you can begin to make changes that will have an impact, and the truth is, the changes aren’t as hard as you might think. We frequently work with our clients on essential must-do strategies for enhancing two-way dialogue, and they are often surprised that these fixes are not as challenging as they first imagined. Now, that's not to say that change happens overnight, but it does mean that with a little attention and self-awareness, everyone has the power to improve their two-way communication.

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Tags: Communication Skills

Weekly Round-Up: Volunteer to Develop Leadership Skills, Trust Truths, Signs of a Disconnected Organization, Drive Change with Storytelling, & a Tip to Gain Trust

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Feb 10, 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 ways to develop leadership skills while volunteering, some truths about trust, signs of a disconnected organization, storytelling elements that successfully drive change, and how leaders can gain trust with two magic words.

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A Leader’s Lesson From Disney’s Moana

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Feb 07, 2017

Steve and I took Avi and Noa to see Disney’s Moana recently, which is a wonderful tale about a young girl who leaves the safety of her island to save her people. Along the way, she has amazing adventures and learns a ton about herself.


Early on in the animated tale, the 16-year-old Moana ponders leaving her island, which no one in her family or tribe ever does. Her father has made it perfectly clear: “Going beyond the reef is forbidden.”

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Tags: Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

8 Successful Tips For Connecting With Remote Workers

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Feb 06, 2017

In this world where so many of us are connected 24/7 through technology, there are still many employees who—believe it or not—are hard to reach. I’m talking about people who have limited face-to-face visibility with senior leaders, or even with their supervisors. Hard-to-reach employees may be working in remote offices, constantly on the move away from their home base, or on a production floor without phone or email access. They may be part of a global organization that has team members literally in different worlds—across various continents, cultures, and time zones.

Like any communication challenge, connecting with hard-to-reach employees starts with knowing your audience, then understanding how they want to get information.

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Tags: Employee Engagement

Weekly Round-Up: Leadership Vitality: Agile vs. Erratic, Unengaged Employees, ‘Shoes Off’ Leadership, Seeing Weakness Is Not a Strength, & the Science Behind Performance

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Feb 03, 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 how successful leaders are agile not erratic, why employees are unengaged, an interview with CEO, Sheryl Palmer, on her leadership style, if your greatest strength is seeing weakness – you aren’t fit to lead, and the surprising science behind what really drives performance.

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Guest Blogger: Denise Yosafat on The CHOICE to Communicate Effectively… in Six Steps!

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Feb 01, 2017

Face-to-Face conversations, emails, texts, phone calls, presentations…we are constantly communicating with each other in our business and personal lives.

And with each communication, we make an impression. So how can we be more inclined to make a positive one?

Well, it’s all a matter of CHOICE. Or rather, the six steps that this word represents!  While you may not consider these steps on every communication you do, for those times when it really matters to make a positive impression, and especially when we need to build a communication plan, it is best to think them through.

Here are the six steps involved, and a few examples for each step.

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Tags: Communication Skills

7 Good Reasons to Measure Communications in Your Organization

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Jan 30, 2017

When leaders call us for help with any type of communication, our first step is to understand what’s going on. We need to assess the audience and current state to identify key issues or opportunities before making recommendations.   

Typically this involves using some type of communication assessment tool or method to guide our solution. And recently we’ve heard more than once, “We already know our communication is poor, why measure?” 

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Tags: Communication Skills

Weekly Round-Up: Real Leaders & Great Managers, 36 Leadership Experts Chime In, Fun Way to Focus Your Team, Develop High-Performing Employees & Effective Recognition

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Jan 27, 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 how to be a real leader and a great manager, 36 leadership experts reveal what truly exceptional leadership is all about, a fresh, fast, and fun way to focus your team, a strategy every leader can use to develop high-performing employees, and how to do recognition effectively.

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