Posts Tagged Communication



"I don't think I've ever heard of any colleague of mine who's gone through a combination who said it's easier than they thought. Most people say it's more difficult than they thought."  ~ Mike Sprouse, chief marketing officer for Epic Media Group

April 25, 2016

You’ve heard the saying “fighting the last war.” It refers to competing using familiar techniques, against competitors you’ve faced before, in the same markets or industries, only to discover that the rules have changed.

Modern business competition is changing rapidly, and to compete effectively, you need to understand the skills that are required to win.

April 18, 2016
  1. Keep me in the loop! – What loop?  Just say, “Keep me informed.” Or say, “Keep me abreast…” On second thought, don’t say that either.
  2. It is what it is!  – What is what what is? And why don’t you tell me what it is instead of saying the redundant and obvious uninformative thing?
April 11, 2016

Today is a big day for our firm in many respects.  We will spend time together as a group talking about where we are, where we have been, and where we want to go.  Doing this is valuable and it also provides time for all of us to reacquaint ourselves with one another, especially for our team members who don't live close by.

March 30, 2016


Delivering bad news can be a nightmare if you haven’t done your homework! Employees are usually reluctant to change especially when the change would affect them, either directly or indirectly.

March 28, 2016

On March 23, @shrmnextchat chatted with Red e App Chief Product Officer Patrick Goodman @_PatrickGoodman about Are You Really Reaching Your Employees

In case you missed this important chat, you can see all the tweets here:


March 23, 2016

Q:  I was taken by surprise when one of my top performing employees –who’d been with us over two years- resigned out of nowhere.  I later learned they went to one of our competitors, which makes the loss even more regrettable.  Is there anything that I can do to prevent employees from leaving? Especially to the competition?

March 23, 2016



Effective internal communication is one of the most important factors in the success of an organization. Every day, employers send millions of messages to their workers in order to make announcements, deliver policies and procedures, communicate strategy, and improve moral. 

March 21, 2016


Sometimes, I see people walking around, talking to themselves. Only, they’re not actually talking to themselves. They’re on Blueteeth…tooths…whatever.

March 18, 2016

As federal human capital leaders confront a myriad of challenges and problems, one area of opportunity might also, surprisingly, help address these same challenges and problems. Knowledge sharing provides opportunities for improved agency performance and a better chance to fulfill an agency’s mission, but also can provide relief to the aging federal workforce, the challenge of hiring and retaining millennials, employee engagement problems and leadership development challenges.

March 15, 2016

What does it take to achieve success and influence? Some people think that in today’s hypercompetitive world, it’s the tough, take-no-prisoners type who comes out on top. But in reality, argues New York Times best-selling author Dave Kerpen, it's actually those with the best people skills who win the day. 

March 14, 2016

Growing up, talking was how I processed thought, how I commiserated, how I entertained others and myself, how I researched, investigated and explored, and oddly how I even lis

March 10, 2016




Employee Relations!


Back in the Nineties, I was a new HR Manager at a company where Pam was a Project Director. Joe, her employee, was a Project Manager.

They both brought a lot of experience and money into the company.

They were both very nice, smart, hardworking, and no nonsense. Perfect match? Meh.

March 7, 2016


Ambassadors are responsible for embassies. 

You’re an ambassador. Your cubicle is your embassy.

Some ambassadors are HORRIBLE. Some are good.

What does it take to be a good Ambassador? To be a good ambassador, a person needs certain skills. Things like:

March 3, 2016

Every so often I am fortunate enough to travel for HR. I’ve been an active volunteer for SHRM for over 15 years now and it’s always cool to me to get to go to a place away from home and see my peers. I never take it for granted and I’ve been able to venture out to places I may have never gone to on my own.

March 1, 2016



I was reminded again how important follow-up is to our success as professionals.  Taking a moment to finish the job and let folks know the outcome.  A former colleague’s favored the line was “DONE – NEXT” and this simplicity always made me smile.   It is a small practice, but one that will get you noticed.  It has been said that the fortune in in the follow-up.

February 11, 2016


Life is full of opportunities and when you have a wide variety of interests almost every opportunity looks like something fun and engaging.  Many of the efforts I involve myself in are volunteer opportunities where I have the chance to help others.  In some of these cases my yes should have been a no.

February 9, 2016


Which are you?

  • Leader
  • Follower
  • Nuisance

Leaders don’t manage! Leaders Inspire, influence, and innovate. Let that sink in.

February 5, 2016


*Sharing a blast from the past…

February 2, 2016


If you ever wondered about the impact of clothes, read this.

I wear hoodies (a sweatshirt with a hood) because they are comfortable, and have they a built-in hat.

I wear sweater vests, because they soften my image…I think.

January 31, 2016