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The Four Questions Leaders Must Answer During Any Change

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Chances are you’re working today on a change that affects your team. How you implement that change will impact whether you meet your overall goals. 

Here’s the mistake leaders can’t help but make: they wait to communicate. Until they have more information. Until they have “all the answers.” Until it’s often too late. 

The result is that someone else is doing the talking – whether they’re right or wrong – and it’s feeding the grapevine. Worse yet, what employees then surmise is happening in their minds usually is much worse than the planned change.

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Tags: Communicating Change

Weekly Round-Up: Inclusive Workplaces for LGBTQ Employees, Why SAP is Embracing Flexible Work, 27 Quotes to Inspire You, Why Poor Leadership Causes Turnover, Leadership Insights & Tips

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Jun 11, 2021

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

This Week's Round-Up of Leadership and Communication Blogs:

  • Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBTQ Employees
    By The Together Forward @Work Task Force via SHRM (@SHRM)

    Get resources and guidance to assist your company in helping this community navigate the workplace.

    Promoting diversity and inclusion within an organization has become essential not only to employers, but also to their employees, customers and clients. While there has been a lot of focus on being inclusive of women and people of color, employers and their HR professionals are also increasing their efforts to build workplaces that incorporate the LGBTQ community...”
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The Courage to Deliver Difficult Messages

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Jun 07, 2021

Delivering difficult messages is at the very core of dealing with the tough situations many leaders face.

I was working with a leader who was preparing to make some significant changes in his organization’s structure, including people changes. As we talked more, and his eyes welled up with tears, I realized how tough these decisions were for him. In the end, it was the right thing to do—his customers’ needs had changed; the market had changed, and his organization wasn’t set up for success. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills, Authenticity

Weekly Round-Up: CEO Mission Statements & Speaking Out, How Comms Can Help AAPI Heritage Education, Question Assumptions for Better Leadership, Appreciation for Remote Workers

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, May 28, 2021

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

This Week's Round-Up of Leadership and Communication Blogs:

  • Why Every CEO Should Have A Personal Mission Statement
    By Melody Wilding (@MelodyWilding via @ChiefExecGrp), Chief Executive

    Do you have a personal mission statement? Get a number of benefits of having one and guidance on how to create your own along with a few templates to get you started.

    Much like a corporate mission statement, a thoughtful, well-written personal mission statement becomes your individual definition of success—and the compass that navigates you toward your deepest motivations...”
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7 Good Reasons to Measure Communications in Your Organization

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, May 24, 2021

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: Internal Communication

Reasons Why Your Business Strategy Activation Fails

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, May 19, 2021

I don’t know any senior management team that doesn’t spend days, weeks, working tirelessly on their organization’s strategic plan. And for many of our clients, we’re privileged to help as thought partners throughout that process. 

Senior leaders review the data, envision the future, and shape it into a cohesive entity that fits on a piece of paper. It’s pretty amazing, really. And it’s one of the toughest challenges any team faces: to articulate the strategy that’s going to get you the results Wall Street and others expect. 

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

5 Easy Strategies to Manage the Company Rumor Mill

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, May 17, 2021

Some call it the grapevine; others call it hearsay. No matter what you call it, it can be problematic and distracting yet often a source of valuable information, so I recommend you don't ignore it. If you aren’t talking proactively about issues that are important to your employees, chances are that someone else is.

Talk to Your Managers When Employees are Buzzing About a Crisis

All organizations have a rumor mill. It’s a natural part of the employee network. And as much as leaders would like to shut it down, you can’t. But you can manage it.

Here are 5 easy strategies for managing the company rumor mill:

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Tags: Internal Communication

Plan Your Communication to Save You Time and Energy

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, May 12, 2021

As I often say, “You can’t NOT communicate,” but leaders often figure they can avoid communicating with their teams and just focus on the “important work.” Here’s what leaders don’t realize: They are already communicating whether or not they intend to. It is human nature for others to read into our actions based on their perceptions. And as we know, actions speak louder than words.

Plan Ahead to Prevent Cleaning Up a Mess Later

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Tags: Communication Skills

The Power of Storytelling

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, May 10, 2021

A good story brings ideas to life and inspires listeners to imagine themselves in the storyteller’s place as events unfold and lessons are learned. The vicarious experiences audiences feel when hearing stories can build an emotional connection sensory details, actions and language that are part of a good story make the message memorable and impactful.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Storytelling

Weekly Round-Up: What HR Needs to Know About Vaccine Passports, 3 Signs of Great Management Skills, Leadership Insights, Tips & Strategies

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, May 07, 2021

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

This Week's Round-Up of Leadership and Communication Blogs:

  • 4 Innovative Strategies to Grow Your Leadership
    By Terri Klass (@TerriKlass)

    Get 4 strategies to take your leadership forward along with tips on how to put some accountability and timelines around your goals to ensure you reach them.

    The big topic of conversation for many leaders I speak with is the next step in their pandemic journey. No one knows for sure how we will maneuver forward but key is taking some type of action. I can almost feel the earth moving and beckoning leaders to put one foot in front of the other and try something new. No matter the organization nor the environment, there are a slew of heavy duty questions being posed frequently:...”
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