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August 7, 2020

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


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...”
  • Why Strong Leadership Skills Are More Important Now Than Ever
    By Art Langer (@art_langer and @Entrepreneur), Entrepreneur

    The fundamentals of leadership and communication have never been more critical. For small firms to big organizations, clarity, empathy, and adaptability are a leader’s best tools.

    Despite what you may have heard, leadership is not innate: It can be taught. If you’re struggling to lead your team during this pandemic, here’s a roundup of my advice with the help of some successful students and alumni...”
  • A Call to Action for a More Equitable Workplace
    By John Elsasser (@JohnElsasser via @PRSA and @PRSAtactics), PRSA Strategies & Tactics

    In their latest issue, PRSA Strategies & Tactics asked Chapter Diversity & Inclusion chairs how communicators can help take action and advance equality within their organizations. Here's what they had to say.

    In conjunction with PRSA’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Strategies & Tactics asked Chapter Diversity & Inclusion chairs how communicators can help take action and advance equality within their organizations. Here is an edited transcript of their responses...”
  • These 13 Research-Backed Actions Will Help You Talk to Anyone More Effectively
    By Susan and Peter Glaser (@TheGlasersInc via @FastCompany), Fast Company

    University of Oregon professors, Susan and Peter Glaser, offer 13 science-backed strategies to converse and connect with coworkers, clients, and family in a virtual environment.

    “We’ve been studying communication for 40 years, and never has the need felt greater than now: A global virus, broken economy, and the demand for racial justice have become our background. Our relationship issues are magnified as we work from home or head back to work, without knowing what returning to normal will look like...”
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  • August 2020 Leadership Development Carnival
    Via Lead Change Group (@leadchangegroup)

    Get insights and tips from 29 global leadership experts in one spot.

    Welcome to the August 2020 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more…”


What were some of the best resources you’ve read this week?

David Grossman

It’s a defining moment for companies to examine the actions and commitments that are needed to address diversity and inclusion in the workplace. With societal issues center stage, now more than ever, companies need to reflect on their culture – and reset if necessary.

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