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Reflections on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity: 8 Ways to Be Better – Guest Blogger Kate Bushnell

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Aug 12, 2020

I recently attended a virtual panel focused on the topic of race and inclusion in the workplace. “Reflecting on Race: Moving Forward for Inclusion Success” was hosted by COLOR Magazine & WMFDP | FDP Global and featured leaders in the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity field from Applied Materials, Novant Health, Sandia National Laboratories among other organizations.

I learned so much and appreciated hearing the perspectives from the experts and questions on the minds of other leaders and communicators who joined the session.

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Tags: Guest Bloggers, Diversity & Inclusion

Don’t Miss the Moment: The Pandemic Opportunity – Guest Blogger David Wright

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Aug 10, 2020

With the sudden, dramatic and necessary changes brought on by the pandemic, business leaders and communicators are doing what everyone does in a crisis narrow our focus to what’s important. Every day, we hear a new example of how businesses changed to meet the unprecedented global challenge. From the beginning, leaders dropped anything that wasn’t critical and reprioritized for the needs of people and the business. They ensured the safety of people first, and then enlisted their partnership and engagement to maintain business continuity.

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Tags: Guest Bloggers

Weekly Round-Up: Creating a Culture of Kindness & Empathy, Skills for Leading Through a Pandemic, Taking Action to Advance Equality and 13 Research-Backed Actions to Communicate Effectively

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Aug 07, 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 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:

  • 4 Ways to Create a Culture of Kindness and Empathy
    By Shira Miller (@theshiramiller via @RaganComms), Ragan Communications

    Research has shown that kindness can create a competitive business advantage. Here are four ways to create a kinder workplace.

    Recognize the inspirational power of virtue, encourage and reward unselfish behavior, and make decency a prerequisite for leadership. We could all use a huge dose of kindness, grace and understanding right now. Displaying these admirable qualities isn’t just the right thing to do, or a nice “add-on” when you can find it at work...”
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L’Oréal’s Return-to-Office Hits Some Snags: How to Avoid HR and Communication Blunders as Companies Enter the Next Stage of Pandemic Plans

Posted by David Grossman on Thu, Aug 06, 2020

Calling all HR, PR and Internal Communications professionals…there’s got to be a better way.

Reading this CNN article about L’Oréal and their return-to-office efforts made my heart race. At a time when the stakes are so high for companies to help employees navigate through change and demonstrate leadership, this narrative feels like the company is missing huge opportunities for connection, engagement and growth that could be the silver lining of the pandemic.

If we could roll the clocks back to make better decisions that align with company values, here’s what we’d recommend:

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Tags: Employee Engagement, COVID-19 Communications

What Leaders Can Learn from School this Fall – Guest Blogger Kate Bushnell

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Aug 05, 2020

For all the parents out there, this back-to-school season comes with an added dose of end-of-summer blues wrought with emotion. The pandemic rages on and there’s so much uncertainty about what’s to come as schools, parents and children navigate unchartered territory and new ways of learning.

When There are More Questions Than Answers

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Free Webinar for IC Leaders – Rebooting Communications: Creating Your Path Forward Communication Plan 2.0

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Aug 03, 2020

The world – and business – have changed significantly in 2020. Communicators have risen to the challenge during COVID-19 and in response to job losses, social unrest and other issues by pivoting quickly to address urgent needs, reprioritizing and doing things in a different way. These unexpected events give us a rare opportunity to take the lessons of this year, reevaluate our programs and practices and rethink the way we approach communication to deliver even greater value and drive employee engagement, now and in the long term.

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Tags: Internal Communication, Announcements

Weekly Round-Up: Driving Team Productivity Now & After Crisis, Putting the Human in HR, Leadership Actions Towards Racial Justice, Writing Effective Speeches

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Jul 31, 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 this new normal with their teams. 

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

  • The 2 Factors That Drive Powerful and Productive Team Conversations
    By Randy Conley (@RandyConley), Leading with Trust

    Drive powerful and productive team conversations by finding the balance between these 2 factors: candor and curiosity.

    It’s ok, you can admit it. We’ve all been there. Working in teams can be incredibly frustrating. Whether it was in school, work, or a community organization, you’ve probably had a dysfunctional team experience. It’s that team who can never seem to productively discuss challenging topics. Either they avoid the conversation completely and pretend the issue doesn’t exist, or when someone does get the courage to raise the topic, the discussion becomes heated and spirals out of control...”
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4 Trends Impacting the Future of the Event Industry – Guest Blogger Becca Lyon

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Many of you have likely not attended a business event – or any event, for that matter – in a few months with the sweep of event cancellations due to coronavirus concerns. Even as some states open up “nonessential” businesses and lift stay-at-home orders, large events remain off the table for safety. However, human interaction isn’t any less important than it was before the crisis. In fact, it’s a lifeline for people in isolation dealing with stress and anxiety. The only difference between then and now is how we interact, not why. 

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Who’s the Better Communicator? Introverts or Extroverts?

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Jul 27, 2020

The answer here might surprise you.

Both can be effective communicators, if they understand the implications of their preference, and flex their style. The variables to consider are about the quality and quantity of communications.

How to Be a More Effective Introvert

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Tags: Leadership Communication, Communication Skills

Weekly Round-Up: Leadership During Uncertain Times, 6 Trends Changing Leaders, Creating a D&I Strategy, and Building & Managing Remote Teams & Workers

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Jul 24, 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 this new normal with their teams. 

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

  • Arianna Huffington and Julia Gillard on Leadership During Uncertain Times
    By CEO Magazine (@TheCEOMagazineG)

    Two leaders share why the pandemic is an important way to reset the world and describe their visions for the future of work.

    Arianna Huffington and Julia Gillard have come together to share how they’re coping during the pandemic, hoping to uplift and inspire others. The Thrive Founder and CEO and Australia’s first female prime minister engaged in a heartwarming discussion about the importance of optimism and empathy during these testing times. “We have to use this time as a catalyst for building a world that’s better, fairer and more compassionate than the world we are leaving behind,” Arianna said...”
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