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3 Steps to Exert Your Influence

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Jan 20, 2021

When you don’t have position power in a situation, or don’t want to use your position power, which is almost always the wise choice, you need to use your influence.

What is Influence?

Influence is the ability to impact or change how a person thinks, feels, or acts. Since communication at its finest is about moving others to action, to change how people behave, first you need to change how they think.

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Tags: Communication Skills

7 Benefits of Developing Messaging Strategically

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Jan 18, 2021

When you have important messages to communicate, is there a standard way you approach developing mission-critical messages, or do you do it differently every time?

One of the attributes of best-in-class organizations is that message development is strategic, consistent, and responsive to audience needs. In other words, there’s a Strategic Messaging Methodology in place as one of the standard operating practices of the internal communications function.

So, what is a Strategic Messaging Methodology, and what can it do for you, your leaders, and your organization?

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Tags: Internal Communication

10 Most-Read Blogs on Leadership & Communication in Q4 2020

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Jan 11, 2021

As we continue to adjust and reinvent how we lead and communicate as we kick off 2021, we want to continue to take a look at what content has resonated most among our readers. In case you missed any posts, here’s the top content others found most helpful in Q4.

10 Most-Read Blogs in Q4 2020

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Internal Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Weekly Round-Up: Top Internal Comms Trends for 2021, Science of Changing Habits, Best 2020 Insights, Putting Good First, How to Be a Careful Communicator

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Jan 08, 2021

Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best recent leadership and communication blog posts I've seen over the past couple weeks. Given the current state of business today and how much has changed because of COVID-19 and calls for racial justice, I'm continuing to use the Weekly Round-Up as a place to share some of the best resources I'm seeing to help leaders and communicators navigate these challenges with their teams. 

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

  • Top Internal Communication Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities for 2021
    By Tim Vaughn via Poppulo (@PoppuloSays)

    What lessons have you learned in 2020 and what are the challenges and opportunities for 2021? Over a dozen internal comms experts weigh in.

    A year on, as we know too well, everything has changed. Not least the world of work, and how over the past 10 months employee communication has proven itself to be an invaluable trust-creator and business-critical function during a traumatic pandemic...”
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The Power of “I Don’t Know”

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Jan 06, 2021

For many of us, the words “I don’t know” are like kryptonite: a sign of weakness. 

In reality, the ability to say “I don’t know” can be a hidden strength. Particularly during times of change, we need to be honest, straightforward and timely in sharing what we know even when there are open issues and/or there’s much that’s still hasn’t been decided.

The Best Thing to Do When You Don't Have the Answer

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Tags: Communicating Change

Engage with Your Employees on a Personal Level

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Jan 04, 2021

It’s a common misperception that great leaders rarely reveal their humanity. Instead, I think there are simply some leaders who are detached from their team and their role as a leader (some might say that’s a leadership “sin”).

Most influential leaders understand that connecting on a personal level with employees is critical to their success, so why not do it?

Learn About Your Employees Lives

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Tags: Employee Engagement

Weekly Round-Up: 2021 Workplace Trends, Essential Leadership Attributes of 2020, Creating a Healthier Employee Experience, Festive Internal Comms Tips, Crafting Your Internal Comms Message

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best recent leadership and communication blog posts I've seen over the past week. Given the current state of business today and how much has changed because of COVID-19, I'm continuing to use the Weekly Round-Up as a place to share some of the best resources I'm seeing to help leaders and communicators navigate these challenges with their teams. 

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

  • 2021 Workplace Trends Show an Emphasis on People, ADP Studies Say
    By Sheryl Estrada (@SherylEstrada via @hrdive), HR Dive

    Based on a compilation of 2020 ADP research, here are the workplace trends for 2021. Flexibility will remain at the top of the list.

    The COVID-19 pandemic, an economic recession and calls for social justice prompted many companies to begin workplace transformations in 2020. Many lessons learned from the crises — such as maintaining a focus on the well-being of employees, the importance of inclusive work environments and keeping abreast of compliance matters — are also some of the workforce trends for 2021, based on a compilation of 2020 ADP research...”
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6 Tips to Help Employees Grow and Develop

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Dec 16, 2020

Taking an active role in the development of your team demonstrates confidence and concern for the future of the organization. It also gives employees feelings of significance, community, and value.

When you create a culture in which employees can reach their goals and know their thoughts and insights are appreciated, you boost productivity, morale, and engagement.

Put these six tips into practice to help employees grow:

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

7 Things Every Employee Wants From Their Boss

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Dec 14, 2020

What do employees want? While the answer varies by employee, our research and work reveals a collective “wish list” every boss should know.

What follows are some of the most sought-after employee wishes and those that come up most often as unmet:

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Tags: Communication Skills

5 Benefits of Having a Strong Internal Communications Strategy

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Dec 09, 2020

Whether you are just beginning to think about the importance of internal communication, are in the midst of an existing internal communications plan, or fine-tuning a well-oiled communications machine, the bottom line is that this is all about the bottom line.

At its core, communication is an instrument of strategy as well as a strategy in itself. It’s an instrument of strategy because it helps you share your mission, vision and values with employees. It’s a strategy because it will help you achieve specific goals. It creates a sense of community and trust with employees, creating a line of sight for them and engaging them to make the business successful.

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Tags: Internal Communication

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