Change vs. Churn? The Difference is Effective Leadership Communication – Guest Blogger, Microsoft's Robert Ford

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,May 02, 2018

Change is good. It is common wisdom today that we all need to embrace it. Yet too much of what goes on in organizations today isn’t really about change. Instead, “churn” probably better describes a lot of the activity, mainly because of poor leadership communication.

Effective leadership communication is often overlooked or not given the reverence it deserves. After all, in today’s ever more digital world, people are still the reason change lands well. People – and the way they communicate – are actually what drives positive transformation.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Guest Bloggers

How to Break Rules and Win Friends – Guest Blogger Diego Segura

Posted by David Grossman on Thu,Apr 26, 2018

I’m honored to share a guest post with you by Diego Segura, a young leader who is already well on his way to finding his voice and making an impact. He recently reached out to me and shared a story about what he’s learned from his dad as a long-time sales manager on the importance of using communication to create positive change. He shared that a recent post I published inspired him, too, which is part of why he reached out asking if he could be a guest blogger (or if I’d be open to reviewing his writing). I applaud his approach and willingness to ask for an opportunity. I always tell my girls that you have to ask for what you want! He did and he’s done a terrific job on this piece and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Tags: Guest Bloggers, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

4 Must-Have Screens to Hire the Right Internal Communications Professional – Guest Blogger Kate Bushnell

Posted by Kate Bushnell on Wed,Feb 28, 2018

Our clients often share how hard it is to find the right candidates to fill openings on their Internal Communications team. The time, risk and disruption that it commonly causes makes it one of the biggest concerns keeping them up at night.

It takes time to hire smart and the stress of an open head count can test the existing team who’s already stretched thin and your reputation with key stakeholder relationships. What’s even more frustrating is hiring and onboarding a new member of the team only to find out they’re not the right fit… then you’re back to square one.

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The Simple Secret to Better Communications - Guest Blogger, Microsoft's Robert Ford

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Nov 27, 2017

Your heart sinks and frustration sets in. Your communications task just got that much trickier when the senior leader you support delegates critical in-person discussion time to a semi-informed surrogate. As the deadline looms, the guessing game of what really needs to be said begins, and the stress mounts.

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Tags: Guest Bloggers, Internal Communication

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

7 Ways to Be More Strategic – Guest Bloggers Diana Thomas & Dr. Stacey Boyle

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Sep 05, 2017

For decades, we’ve heard executives describe others as “failing to see the big picture” or “too tactical; not strategic.” Such a perception can stunt your career growth, particularly if you’ve grown up from the individual contributor ranks of the organization and have been known as a great doer.

What it Means to Be Strategic

So what do executives mean when they ask you to be strategic? At a very high level, it means being able to see the big picture, not just of your department, but of the organization, industry, and marketplace. The higher you move within an organization, the easier it becomes to see the big picture. You have conversations at a higher level and are privy to information that applies to the entire organization (versus a more narrow focus on your specific area of responsibility). You also benefit from broader exposure to people who already think big picture.

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Tags: Guest Bloggers, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

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: Guest Bloggers, Communication Skills

Guest Blogger: Mike Henry Sr. on Investing in Helping Others #NoCapeNeeded

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Sep 21, 2015

"No Cape Needed: The Simplest, Smartest, Fastest Steps to Improve How You Communicate by Leaps and Bounds,” is now available for purchase.  Below is one of the leadership advice pieces that are featured in the book.  These pieces 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.

Advice

Invest effort into helping people – we have to allow others to win before we can win.

Back Story

I was working for my father’s trucking company early in my career, and I wasn’t happy. I felt like a failure, stuck in the family business with no place to go. It seemed the longer I worked there, the less intelligent everyone seemed. I was unable to appreciate the people around me. They weren’t as educated as I was and I thought I knew more than they did. I seemed mean or angry all the time. No one really wanted anything to do with me. 

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Guest Blogger: Laura Nashman on Making Others Feel Valued #NoCapeNeeded

Posted by David Grossman on Thu,Aug 20, 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.

Advice

Make people feel valued and good about themselves and what they do. 

Tweet: Make people feel valued and good about themselves and what they do. -Laura Nashman, CEO, BC Pension Corporation #NoCapeNeeded @BCPensions

Back Story

We all thrive when we feel confident, competent and valued. When what we do is acknowledged. When we are recognized for the contribution made. And when our humanity is respected – we are welcomed and embraced for who we are and what we uniquely bring to the table. Where dignity is above all the most valued purpose. 

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Guest Blogger: Corey duBrowa on Measuring a Leader by the Success of Those They Lead #NoCapeNeeded

Posted by David Grossman on Thu,Aug 06, 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.

Advice

Remember that the measure of a leader is less directly tied to their individual accomplishments than it is to the success of the people they lead.

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