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Weekly Round-Up: 4 Critical Employee Needs During COVID-19, Leadership Actions for Our New Normal, Leading Yourself During Crisis, Leadership Tips & Insights, Remote Work Challenges

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Apr 10, 2020

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 Leadership Actions for Our New Normal
    By Terri Klass (@TerriKlass)

    The landscape of work has changed and what leaders could always depend on is no longer a sure thing. Get four leadership strategies to help get you through.

    At this time of uncertainty, there is nothing more normal than sharing a set of clear strategy and procedures for everyone. Whether you are an individual contributor or leading a team, keep everyone in the loop by rolling out what work direction you are moving. Be specific with your goals and explain why you are taking certain steps. Share any concerns in an organized way and try to offer solutions if possible. Now is the time to be as transparent as possible. Don’t forget to ask colleagues for their input and suggestions...”
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Everything Leaders Do (or Don't Do) Communicates Something

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Apr 08, 2020

There are very few things in this world that are neutral. Consider a gift that with special wrapping paper or bows – it says something about the thought, the meaning and the care in that present. It communicates something different than a brown paper grocery bag stapled shut.

Similarly, everything you do, and everything you say, communicates. And, importantly, everything you don’t do, and everything you don’t say, communicates.

It’s a reality for everyone in business and life. Yet being a leader, it’s critical because all eyes are on you.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills

Stop the Information Vacuum and Give Comfort to Your Employees

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Apr 06, 2020

During times of change and uncertainty, there’s an information vacuum that fills whether we want it to or not.

It’s often the result of us as leaders waiting to communicate.

While we’re waiting to have more answers, more clarification, all the answers (which we’ll never have), the void gets filled, naturally and easily. And research shows it gets filled with typically more negative thoughts and conjecture than the reality.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Weekly Round-Up: Be Kind, Key Communications During COVID-19, Impact of Coronavirus on HR, Legal Implications of COVID-19 for Communicators, Leading People Remotely

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Apr 03, 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. Typically, as you might have noticed, I tend to cover broad topics. Given the current state of business today and how much has changed because of COVID-19, I'm going 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 this new normal with their teams. 

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

  • Human connection bolsters the immune system. That’s why it’s more important than ever to be kind.
    By Sarah Kaplan (@sarahkaplan48 via @washingtonpost), The Washington Post

    One of the many cruelties of the COVID-19 outbreak: In a time when we most need the comfort of closeness, it forces us apart. But decades of research suggests that kinship, even from a distance, can be a powerful balm.

    But there is also hope in the data. Studies have revealed that human connection — something as simple as getting an offer of help from a stranger or looking at a picture of someone you love — can ease pain and reduce physical symptoms of stress. People who feel supported by their social networks are more likely to live longer. One experiment even found that people with many social ties are less susceptible to the common cold...”
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Leadership Communication: 6 Steps to Handling Tough Conversations

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Apr 01, 2020

It’s a given: Having tough conversations and communicating difficult topics is part of a leader’s job. But just like you plan for contingencies in your business, planning how you will communicate difficult messages can improve the ultimate outcome. It is seldom easy to share difficult news, but thinking through your approach in advance definitely can improve the process.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Free Webinar for Leaders: 8 Ways to Lead with Heart During Times of Uncertainty and Change

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Mar 30, 2020

I often talk with leaders about the power in asking, “How can I help?” 

It’s in that spirit that we’ve been thinking, too, about how we can help as we move through these uncertain and challenging times. And at the same time give back.

Part of our experience and expertise is about helping leaders lead and communicate in a courageous, thoughtful and helpful way.

So, we’ve packaged what’s most helpful for leaders in these uncertain times into a FREE webinar. 

I’ll cover topics like how to:

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Weekly Round-Up: Crisis Leadership in Action, 2 Principles for Leading Through COVID-19, COVID Crisis Management Advice, Crisis Comms Tips & Techniques, Avoiding Communication Fatigue

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Mar 27, 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. Typically, as you might have noticed, I tend to cover broad topics. Given the current state of business today and how much has changed because of COVID-19, I'm going 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 this new normal with their teams. 

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

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Define the ‘Outcome’ as 1st Step to Effective Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Mar 25, 2020

We spend a fair amount of time talking with our clients and the leaders we work with about “desired outcomes” the first step in planning any kind of communication. 

When we ask, “What’s the outcome you seek?” we often get a communications goal (that’s helpful to know but communications should never be an outcome; it’s a means to achieving a business outcome). When we follow-up: “What’s the business outcome you seek?” we also often get fuzzy business goals.

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Tags: Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

The One Thing Most Employees Desire More of Today

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Mar 23, 2020

There’s a common theme among many of the conversations I’ve been having with senior leaders about what employees want today – and that’s more social connection.

I’m not talking about more posts and tweets and texts, oh my! The desire is for real connectedness with another human being, which studies have shown can increase health and well-being.

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Tags: Employee Engagement

Weekly Round-Up: 3 Crisis Management Lessons, How Businesses are Handling COVID-19, Diversity & Inclusion Insights, Communicating COVID-19 to Employees, Opportunity to Build Trust

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Mar 20, 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. Typically, as you might have noticed, I tend to cover broad topics. Given the current state of business today and how much has changed because of COVID-19, I'm going 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 this new normal with their teams. 

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

  • 3 Important Lessons On Crisis Management From the COVID-19 Pandemic
    By Tanveer Naseer (@TanveerNaseer)

    3 important lessons for leaders everywhere on not just how to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, but how they can better address any crisis through their leadership.

    The fundamental key to addressing a crisis is for leaders to not only be honest about the situation and what you’re going to do about it, but that you do so with clarity, humility and heart so as to remind people we’re in this together...”
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