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

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

Leadership: 6 Clues It’s Time to Adopt a Strategic Messaging Platform

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Mar 21, 2018

To be best-in-class we must think about standard operating procedures. That’s one of the commonalities we see with our clients who are taking a lead globally in the communications arena.

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Tags: Leadership Effectiveness & Planning, Storytelling

An Effective Coach Helps You Uncover The Solutions You Seek

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Mar 13, 2018

I’m fortunate to do some selective executive coaching as part of our broader leadership development and communications consulting work.

I was working with a senior leader recently who wants to focus our executive coaching time on “concrete projects.” I was trying to help her understand that our concrete project is her – she’s the focus of our work together.

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Tags: Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

What’s the weather forecast for your employees? Check with the boss.

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Feb 07, 2018

 
It’s a truism that the boss makes the weather. I used to work for a boss where the forecast was usually cloudy with a chance of rain and lightning.
 
Needless to say, I was often wet…or maybe you can chalk it up to being wet behind the ears. 
 
In my experience, most of us underestimate that fact that no one is more influential than we are when it comes to our teams, and there’s confusion about our role and what’s expected of us.
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Tags: Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Senior Leaders: Do This!

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jan 31, 2018

I've talked before about the value of strategic and concrete feedback.  

Today, I want to talk about ideally what senior leaders should strive to deliver to improve the communications competence and business results of their team.

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Tags: Communication Skills, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

13 Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Drive Employee Engagement

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Nov 08, 2017

A leader’s personality and points of view are integral to his or her effectiveness. Employees respond positively to leaders whom they know are real people, those who communicate honestly and well. They want to know they are led by individuals who are willing to acknowledge their own strengths and weaknesses.  

Inspire Employees and Move the Organization Forward

Articulating who you are and explaining your business priorities is a critical part of building a leadership platform that can inspire employees and move the organization forward. The best leaders understand they have greater capacity to build trust and strengthen their organization when they share part of themselves to earn the respect of employees.

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

The Best Way to Come at a Problem

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Oct 24, 2017

I used to ask a lot of questions as a kid, which got me into huge trouble with adults. I constantly wondered why things worked the way they did (including us humans). “Enough already with the questions,” my mom would say. Like clockwork, she’d shoot back, impatiently, “Ask your father.” I never got a straight answer from him, just a pun, which often made me smile or more often, groan. 

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Tags: Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

5 Ways to Ensure Your Messages Get Through to Employees

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Oct 18, 2017

There are countless ways to ensure that a message hits home the way you intended. Here are 5 must-do strategies to cut through the clutter and turn messages into meaning:

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Tags: Communication Skills, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning, Storytelling

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

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