Weekly Round-Up: 12 Employee Emotional Needs to Honor, Taking Action on Personal Growth & Secrets of Passionate Organizations

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Sep 04, 2015

Welcome to my weekly round-up of 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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Barriers Communicators Face #5 —Little or No Planning

Posted by David Grossman on Thu,Sep 03, 2015

Research shows that a typical leader spends 70-80% of his or her week communicating.  Yet only spends 10-15% of that time planning communication

How can you tell if your leader has this line of thinking?

You’ll hear your leader saying or doing the following:

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Tags: Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Anticipate and Adapt to the Social Media Change Curve

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Sep 01, 2015

When asked what made him such a successful competitor, hockey great Wayne Gretzky famously said, “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”

The same lesson holds true for social media. In choosing the most effective tools and platforms for collaboration and dialogue, communicators need to anticipate where their key stakeholders—employees, managers and leaders—are headed, not where they’ve been. They need to understand these audiences well enough to proactively anticipate their needs and preferences.

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Tags: Internal Communication

Hit or MISS'ive - Hooray for Howard Schultz: Proactive Message on How To Lead In Tough Times at @Starbucks

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Aug 28, 2015

“But I’m a Barista…why does #GreatFallOfChina matter to me?”  On August 24, Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz sent an email to all employees regarding, “Leading Through Turbulent Times,” asking employees to “be very sensitive to the pressures our customers may be feeling, and do everything we can individually and collectively to exceed their expectations.”

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Tags: Hit or Miss'ive Column

Weekly Round-Up: How to Craft a Powerful Mission Statement, The 10 Commandments of Communication & Creating a Happy Work Culture

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Aug 28, 2015

Welcome to my weekly round-up of 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 see articles on practices resilient leaders use to thrive, using big data to boost employee engagement and crafting a powerful mission statement.  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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Starting Thought: What It Takes To Be Your Best At Work

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Aug 26, 2015

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it takes to be my most productive self at work.

My thoughts have changed on this over time. Because I run a consulting firm that is all about providing the very best service to our clients, I naturally went into this business thinking that one of the keys to success was to work a lot.  Bottom line: stop to eat (or not) and I’ll work until I drop, with little downside to myself or to my clients.

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Tags: Employee Engagement

New Tool: Take 5 Planning Template

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Aug 24, 2015

Being more purposeful in your communications can take as little as five minutes. I call it “take 5” to communicate well. The process involves following five simple steps that can lead to better communication. With time, you can get so good at answering these questions that you can work through this on the back of a napkin. Most importantly, the messages you’ll eventually deliver to your audiences will be better thought out and tied to the business outcomes you seek.

Remember, messages will best resonate with your audiences if you first think about where the audience is coming from and the audience’s current mindset. Well thought-out messages are also more likely to move your audience to action.

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Tags: Free Downloads

Weekly Round-Up: Phrases Successful Leaders Never Use, How to Lead Collaboratively & Work-Life Balance

Posted by David Grossman on Fri,Aug 21, 2015

Welcome to my weekly round-up of 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 see articles on how long hours backfire for employees and companies, the importance of storytelling in leadership and phrases successful leaders never use.  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.

    • Change Leaders, Where Has All Your Passion Gone?
      By The Switch and Shift Team (@switchandshift)
      Here at Switch & Shift, we surveyed our brilliant League of Extraordinary Thinkers and asked them if they think leaders are as passionate about their work as they expect their employees to be. Here are their responses…”
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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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Barriers Communicators Face #4 - Your Leader’s Not Engaged in Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Aug 18, 2015

We’ve entered the dawn of the leadercommunicator, where we can’t separate leadership from communication.

Here are ways you can recognize, respond and help your leader if they aren’t engaged in communication.

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Tags: Communication Skills

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