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A New Leadership Role Brings New Challenges – Are You Ready?

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Apr 12, 2021

I remember the day well. I began working with a leader who was promoted to join the senior management team and had taken on significant new responsibilities. This was an incredibly smart, capable, and deserving leader. 

As we were talking about his new position, I shared with him what I’ve learned from working with other leaders in the same situation who, with the best intentions, pushed forward without considering some of the new skills needed to succeed in this transition.

New Leadership Role, New Skills

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Tags: Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Weekly Round-Up: Get Women into Senior Comms Roles, Defeat Unconscious Bias, Handle Team Conflicts, Leadership Tips & Insights, 7 Mindset Shifts for HR Leaders

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Apr 09, 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:

  • How to Get More Women in Senior Communication Jobs
    By Azurée Montoute-Lewis via PR News (@PRNews)

    About 67% of PR pros are women, yet representation at the CEO level is only 22%. Here's how to get more women in senior communication roles.

    Representation of women in senior leadership is imperative to a company’s success. As such, the disparity between women in PR and women in leading PR roles needs attention. What can we do? First, organizations need to take a more proactive approach to managing talent pipelines. Removing bias from performance management, promotion and succession-planning processes is a start...”
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How to Break Through (or Avoid) Communication Clutter

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Apr 07, 2021

Communication at its best is about moving people to action. Each time you prepare to communicate internally, first think about the business outcomes you want to achieve. Then, think about what you want employees to think, feel and do as a result of your communication. This will shape the messages you develop and help you choose the vehicle you use to share those messages.

Moving Employees to Action

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Tags: Internal Communication

8 Successful Tips For Connecting with Hard-to-Reach Employees

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Apr 05, 2021

With so many of us working remotely, sometimes feeling connected 24/7, it may be hard to believe that there are employees who are hard to reach with communication. Yet many organizations have important stakeholders with limited visibility to senior leaders, or even to their supervisors. These individuals may be constantly on the move away from their home base, on a production floor without phone or email access, or be part of a global organization that has team members literally in different worlds—across various continents, cultures, and time zones.

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Tags: Employee Engagement

Communication: The Key to Workplace Vaccination Policy Adoption

Posted by Debbie Field on Wed, Mar 31, 2021

As more people gain access to the COVID-19 vaccination, employers are assessing their virus-related policies to ensure the guidelines they’ve established are appropriate for today’s “new normal” and the public health tools that are available. Our point of view is that every employee should be vaccinated to ensure a safe work environment. While timely policy updates are key to maintaining a safe workplace, employee communication is critical to adoption.

5 Steps to Successfully Sharing Timely Policy Updates with Employees

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Tags: COVID-19 Communications

What has Changed for Women in Business? Our Remarkable Women ThoughtPartners Share Their Stories

Posted by The Grossman Group on Mon, Mar 29, 2021

From left to right starting at the top: Debbie Field, Lana Dewit, Linda Kingman, Brienna LaCoste, Kayla Ellsworth,
Melinda Koski, Jennifer Hirsch, Kate Bushnell, Julie Well, Meg Breslin.

A lot has changed for women in business in recent decades: more women in leadership roles than ever before, and more equity and progress being made to close the pay gap. Even so, there is still much more to be done to create a fair, diverse and equal opportunity environment for women in the workplace.

In the midst of all this ongoing change and reform, Women’s History Month is the perfect time to honor the progress made to level the playing field and share terrific stories and insights from women leaders at The Grossman Group.

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Tags: Diversity & Inclusion, Career Advice

Weekly Round-Up: 3 Communication Mistakes, Workers Want Flexibility, Communication in the Age of COVID, CHRO Q&A, 3 Steps for Reskilling Leaders

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Mar 26, 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:

  • Want Better Influence at Work? Avoid These Communication Mistakes
    By Karin Hurt and David Dye (@LetsGrowLeaders and @davidmdye), Let's Grow Leaders

    Help your ideas gain traction at work by being mindful of these 3 categories of words that sabotage your influence and what to say instead.

    When it comes to having better influence at work, words matter. Of course, WHAT you say will instantly influence your credibility and impact. But, what’s REALLY tragic is to see well-intentioned leaders with great ideas getting talked over or ignored, because of HOW they contribute. Subtle word choice makes all the difference...”
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4 Ways to Differentiate Communication from Information

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Mar 24, 2021

We’ve established that leaders are always communicating—even when they don’t realize they are. It’s fair to say that 80 to 90 percent of the average leader’s week is spent communicating. Yet, how much time are those same leaders spending on planning for those communications, and thinking about the messages that they send? That’s more like 10 percent. 

It’s a fact that leaders are used to putting time and energy into business plans, product launches, business succession plans, and more, but when it comes to planning for day-to-day communications, most fall down on the job. As I like to say, the Nike slogan, “Just Do it!” doesn’t apply here. You can wing it and take a chance on your results, or you can make a plan and significantly increase your impact.

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Tags: Leadership Communication

4 Components to Ensure Leaders Communicate, and Do It Well

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Mar 22, 2021

A senior executive once commented to me about the repetition of her messages. “I’m tired of sharing these same messages and stories,” she lamented after the umpteenth communication on a crucial topic.

My response – “I hear you. That’s progress. Since it means you’re being consistent across a myriad of audiences.”

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Stress Levels from the Pandemic Are High

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Mar 17, 2021

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the declaration of a global pandemic, we are only beginning to understand the impact of this health crisis on our lives from both a personal and professional level. While all of its consequences are complex and likely varied, anecdotally we know that the pandemic as well as the social justice and political issues that have escalated during this period have increased the levels of stress in our lives.

Stress Levels Are at an All-Time High

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Tags: Leadership Communication, COVID-19 Communications

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