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The Value of Having an Evolving Mindset

Posted by David Grossman on Tue, Feb 18, 2020

A mindset that every leader should tattoo on (their brains).

I was working out at the gym and saw an amazing tattoo. It said, “Evolving.”

Whether it’s a tattoo or not, every leader can benefit from thinking about himself or herself as a work-in-progress. Not finished.

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Tags: Authenticity

Change Management Communication: 5 Step Planning Guide

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Feb 17, 2020


Organizations going through change naturally focus on the project being implemented what has to be done by when to complete the action plan. They often don’t give as much thought to what people need to do differently to achieve the desired results. Yet most organizational change won’t succeed without employees somehow adopting new ways of working.

What is Change Management Communication and Why is it Important?

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Tags: Communicating Change

Weekly Round-Up: 12 Methods to Fix Communication Problems, Building Trust in Leaders, Develop Vision Before Strategy, Expose the Problem, Open Your Organization to Honest Conversations

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Feb 14, 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:

  • 12 Methods To Identify And Fix Communication Problems Within A Team
    By Expert Panel, Forbes Agency Council (@Forbes_Agency via @Forbes), Forbes

    Get 12 methods leaders and managers can implement to make for better team communication.

    The best teams operate like well-oiled machines. However, for these teams to perform their functions properly, they need to communicate effectively. A lack of clear communication can lead to missed deadlines, frustrated clientele and cost overruns...”
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Tags: Weekly Round-Up

Humbled to be Named #1 Communication Blog by Feedspot (Plus 5 Most Read Posts of All-Time)

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Feb 12, 2020

I started the leadercommunicator blog 10 years ago, and wow, does time fly! I didn’t start the blog for me – I started it for you – to help you elevate how you lead and communicate. All of us have this superpower inside of us, and my wish and hope is to invite you to reach beyond what you know. So you can be your best – for yourself, your family, your team, your organization, and for your community. 

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Tags: Awards/ Articles/ Interviews

Inspire Your Employees Through Performance Reviews with These Key Questions

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Feb 10, 2020

If the annual performance review is a check-off-the-box activity, you’re missing a key opportunity to engage and motivate your employees.

Make the Performance Review a Chance to Inspire

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Face-to-Face Communication

Weekly Round-Up: Getting Buy-In for a Comms Audit, Evolving Role of a Chief Peoples Officer, Leadership Tips & Insights, 3 Ways to Strengthen Your Leadership, Secret to Engaging Employees

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Feb 07, 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:

  • 7 Steps to Getting Leaders’ Buy-In on a Comms Audit
    By Katrina Gill via Ragan Communications (@RaganComms)

    If you’re like many communicators, you’d like to do a communication audit – here are the steps to persuade senior leaders to pull the trigger.

    The big bosses who dole out money for projects need more than your say-so. Come armed with hard data and a solid business case, enlist a strategic ally, and be judicious about your timing...”
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Tags: Weekly Round-Up

Don’t Dictate to Your Employees, Engage Them

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Feb 05, 2020

Increasingly, great leaders recognize that transformative leadership isn’t about telling people what to do. Instead, it’s about equipping and then empowering teams to make smart decisions together, respecting the collective brainpower of the group. Great leadership is never about dictating your own vision and way of doing things. Leaders with a “my way or the highway” mentality won’t connect with their teams. 

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Tags: Employee Engagement

6 Guiding Principles of Enterprise Social Media

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Feb 03, 2020

The best Enterprise Social Media (ESM) strategy is guided by the same principles that govern the most effective internal communications. Just because you turn on a social media tool does not mean you can turn off these principles of effective communications.

In fact, in our experience, Enterprise Social Media benefits most from the 6 following guiding principles:

1. Nothing is more important than building trust.

In the best communication environments, two-way channels that welcome deliberation and authentic dialogue offer a powerful way to build trust. And trust is a big risk mitigator: if employees feel trusted by their employers, they are more likely to be brand advocates, they feel more connected to the mission of the organization, they feel more accountable to the success of the company, and they are less likely to engage in behavior that could undermine its success.

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Tags: Free Downloads

Weekly Round-Up: 4 Steps to Clarifying Leadership Intent, Creating Solutions-Focused Employees, 10 Internal Comms Lessons, Rewarding High Performance, Asking Questions

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Jan 31, 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:

  • Does Your Team Know What You Want? Clarify Your Intent with These 4 Steps
    By Randy Conley (@RandyConley), Leading with Trust

    Find out what 'leadership intent' is, its 4 characteristics and how it can help you empower your employees.

    The turning of the calendar page from one year to the next is an opportunity to start the new year with a clear and focused plan for your team or organization. Yet, if you’re like many leaders, you not only find it hard to establish a clear strategy for the year, you find it difficult to keep all your team members aligned and moving forward to achieve the goals...”
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Tags: Weekly Round-Up

Share Stories to Connect with Employees

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Jan 29, 2020

Employees don’t want to follow leaders who they don’t really know and understand. You can’t get anywhere with your team if they don’t see you as a real person who’s not perfect but who has a real vision for the company.

Help Employees Get to Know you

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Storytelling

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