How to Boost Mission Awareness

[Note: This guest post was written by Kim Plyler, a communications professional and media strategist. CEO and founder of SahlComm, Kim works with high level clients in the technology, finance, manufacturing, cyber security, NGOs and nonprofit sectors. Her company’s mission is to further the mission of others and help improve humanity.] 5 Ways to Boost Your 

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3 Strategies to Keep Uncertainty from Killing Your Business

[Note: This special guest post is from business growth expert and coach, Meridith Elliott Powell. Her words are especially timely as we enter a new year filled with uncertainty. For more info about Meridith’s work, please see her bio at the end of this post.] On any given day, depending on what channel you are 

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Best Lessons from Bad Bosses-Part 2

We all love great bosses and hate the bad ones. The only upside to a bad boss is what we learn from our experience working with that person: primarily what not to do and, occasionally, what to do. Following up my previous post on lessons learned from bad bosses, here is more great advice shared 

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Overcoming Intention Deficit in the Workplace

Move aside attention deficit – not the clinical kind but the one found in the workplace where people are overwhelmed and/or distracted by constant communication from too many directives, emails, text messages, phone calls, social media, etc. A serious consequence of this distraction is intention deficit, or more aptly, intentional deficit. It’s not that managers 

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The Three Most Important Questions You Need to Ask in Human Resources

In addition to the fine folks who work in Human Resources (HR), or in the absence of an HR function, everyone who is responsible for managing or supervising employees needs to consider three critical questions from the employee’s perspective. Answers to these questions are key to strengthening employee engagement. Note: Nonprofit managers can also apply 

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People to People: Favorite Quotes on Collaboration

From important historical figures and contemporary business leaders, here are my favorite quotes on how working together makes a difference. “The value in human interaction is greater collective wisdom as a result of improved communication and collaboration.” Michael Katz “In speaking, we humanize ourselves. In listening, we bring our worlds together. In learning, we create 

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Management Communication Basics: Engaging Employees in Staff Briefings

With company e-mail dominating internal communications, staff meetings are becoming an endangered organizational activity. Yet managers and employees still need to get together to stay informed on what’s happening in the organization and how it impacts their work, including the opportunity to voice their concerns. Why a staff briefing? The purpose of  periodic staff briefings 

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Preventing Burnout for Non-Profit Workers

Given the importance of nonprofit engagement, I’m happy to share this post by Andrew Littlefield that appeared on the WeDidIt blog. It is reprinted with permission. Keeping Your Team Fueled: Preventing Burnout for Non-Profit Workers by Andrew Littlefield Non-profit work is often romanticized. Well … at least by people who haven’t actually worked there before 

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Forget the Curve to Better Engage Employees

This post features another excerpt from Ken Blanchard’s classic book, The Heart of a Leader, and is reprinted with permission. Managers who have positive expectations of their employees, as Blanchard advocates, enhance both internal communication and engagement.  “Real communication happens when people feel safe.” “Real communication is a product of trust. However, most of the performance review and evaluation systems 

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