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Communication is the Responsibility of Leadership

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, May 05, 2021

Communication isn't someone else's responsibility, it's yours. As the leader, the buck stops with you. Embrace communication as an important part of your job and understand that poor communication in the company overall is ultimately on you.

Be Accountable for Communication with Your Employees

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Communicating Your Strategic Plan to Employees

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, May 03, 2021

You spend hours as a management team working tirelessly on your organization’s strategic plan. Data points are reviewed, the future is envisioned, and words are carefully chosen to describe where you go from here.

You leave your two-day meeting confident in your strategic plan and energized about your path forward.

But what do you really have? A document summarizing your management meeting.

It might contain your strategic plan, but it’s just another document until it is shared and activated through your employees.

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Information vs. Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Apr 28, 2021

Employee to manager: “I’m starving!” Some food for thought on the difference between information and communication: employees are bombarded with information but starved for meaning. 

Communication only occurs when an exchange results in shared meaning. Communication is all about facilitating dialogue. To build a successful team, you need to create a culture where it’s safe to dialogue about issues to ensure the smartest decisions possible.

Here are 6 suggestions to consider as you build a workplace culture with more open communication:

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills

6 Leadership Communication Principles That Work

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Apr 26, 2021

I’m often asked for the most important leadership communication principles. While what’s effective will vary based on the person or situation, there are a number of tried-and-true fundamentals that make the difference between simply sharing information and communication that moves people to action (and that they feel great about). Maybe we should call this principle-centered communication.

6 Essential Leadership Communication Principles to Set You Apart as a Leader

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Weekly Round-Up: 7 Steps for CEOs After George Floyd Verdict, the Power of Inclusive Managers, the Future Workplace, Remote Employee Engagement, 20 Productivity Apps

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Apr 23, 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:

  • 7 Steps for Business Leaders to Take After the George Floyd Case
    By Jen Colletta (@JenColletta via @HRExecMag), Human Resource Executive

    Diversity expert Dee C. Marshall, CEO of Diverse & Engaged, provides 7 immediate actions CEOs should take following the George Floyd verdict.

    As the world continues to react to the guilty verdicts in the George Floyd murder case, employers are working to provide support to their workforces, particularly employees of color, while considering how to use this moment to move the ball forward on equality...”
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Find Your Own Leadership Style

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Apr 21, 2021

It can be tempting at times to adopt a leadership style that you appreciate in a boss.

Want to be that amazing motivational leader who delivers killer presentations at the sales conference? Or the CEO with a knack for sizing up the numbers in a moment’s notice? Or how about that executive with the classic, outgoing style that has everyone circling around him or her?

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Tags: Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Open-Ended Questions Enhance Employee Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Apr 19, 2021

As a leader, you know that engaging employees and helping connect them to your business goals can directly impact the bottom line. Your internal communication plan can include two-way communication vehicles like feedback channels and listening sessions to help accomplish this. 

An Opportunity to Increase Employee Engagement

But when it comes down to it, interactions with leaders are what make or break an employee’s connection with the organization. Every time you are in front of an employee, whether one-on-one or in a group, you have an opportunity to increase that engagement through dialogue.

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10 Most-Read Blogs on Leadership & Communication in Q1 2021

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Apr 14, 2021

We’re a few months into 2021, a year that couldn’t come soon enough for many, and we wanted to take a look at what content has resonated most with you – our readers – so far this year. There’s a great variety of posts to help you lead and communicate. Top content from Q1 ranges from how to show your employees you care and ways to smile more, to how to differentiate communication from information and effectively plan your next communication in 5 minutes. There’s also guidance on how to create a line of sight to the strategy for your employees, building feedback channels, strategic messaging, and more.

So, in case you missed any of these, here’s the top content others found most helpful in Q1 of 2021.

10 Most-Read Leadership & Communication Blogs in Q1 2021

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

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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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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