Category Marketing/Communication

No Sweat: Summertime Blogging

Employee engagement, culture, expertise, and politics. No sweat.

Meetings That Don’t Start AND End On Time Are Morale Killers

If you want to bring about moans and groans about your meetings, consistently start them late and consistently end them late.

Video: How to Write a Mission Statement That Doesn’t Suck

Writing a mission statement is no easy task. Some mission statements are way too long, and others way to short. Some mission statements are incredibly vague, while others are excruciatingly specific.

Video: Being a Good Listener

Being a good listener means more than patiently waiting your turn to speak, it requires an active effort on your behalf. The video below opens with a statement that I think says a lot about the importance of learning to be a good listener: “Being a good listener is one of the most important, and […]

Your People Can Handle The Truth

Why do we talk around the truth? When it comes time to communicate tough decisions or even EASY decisions that we know will be unpopular, we tend to avoid talking about exactly WHY these decisions are made. We avoid lying outright, but we don’t exactly share the information we COULD share to help people understand […]

500 Words a Day, 10 Days In

For the last 10 days (as of yesterday) I’ve been writing at least 500 words a day. I “signed up” for a writing challenge over Spring Break, because that’s the kind of thing I do. The challenge, created by Jeff Goins, is to write at least 500 words a day for 31 days. Jeff sends […]

Video: How to Have a Good Conversation

At Saturday’s TEDxSanAntonio event, the video below was shown between presentations. It was one among several shown throughout the day, and it was the one that stuck with me the most. In this TED Talk, Celeste Headlee details the barriers to good conversation that exist in modern society and the extraordinary simple things we can […]

5 HR Reads: Becoming a Great HR Pro, HR Experimentation, Dialog and More

Start your week with these great reads from the world of HR, employee engagement, and leadership. Be sure to check out these posts, their respective blogs, and to connect with the HR leaders who wrote them! Dead World Assembly By Jay Kuhns. No Excuses HR I admire Jay’s style of writing.  It gets right to the point […]

An Idea Poorly Communicated Never Thrives

Communicating your ideas is everything. If you’ve ever had a great idea, you know that the most critical moment in that idea’s lifecycle is when you first decide to explain it to the people who can give it the go ahead. At that moment the words that come out of your mouth, the tone that […]

Video: Dr. Dialogue – Darth Vader

Words are hard. Check out this quick video based on the book, Crucial Conversations – Tools For Talking When Stakes Are High. The video is a nice little intro to the book, and the book is an excellent resource for anyone facing a tough conversation. And that’s pretty much everyone sooner or later, right? Give […]