Most IC Departments Don’t Add Real Value, But Can!

Last week, I delivered a keynote presentation in Dallas to more than 50 internal communication people representing many companies. The event was sponsored by Poppulo, the social media firm based in Ireland. The focus: How to shift from cost centers to value creators. Historically, internal communication managed formal channels that included town hall meetings, newsletters,… Read more

Can We Start with Civility in Business Meetings?

We ended 2017 with a Leadership Report entitled, “Bringing Civility Back,” because at the start of 2017, I naively wrote that I hoped political and news media pettiness could subside. No way! To the contrary, politicians have turned flat-out ugly and many in the news media seem to thrive on the Game of ‘Gotcha,” preferring… Read more

What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love

What the hell was I thinking? I just re-read my January, 2017 Leadership Report. The lead paragraph of that issue asks: “Is it possible to make political discussions more civil? Can we use our political conversations and posts to help us learn and grow, or at least start by pretending that despite what we might… Read more

Are You An Expense or Profit Center?

Most internal communication efforts play the role of town crier rather than business problem solver.  Where is the power of the town crier approach?   To add value to an organization, internal communication needs to focus on improving results rather increasing activity that has little to no business impact.  That begins by changing what gets measured…. Read more

Are You Out Of Touch With Your Business?

Most internal communication departments work on the outskirts of town. That’s what a vice president of operations told me recently. “They’re worried about stuff that doesn’t matter that much. They worry about click-throughs, opens, mentions, share of voice, awareness and retweets. I’m worried about financial and operating results. They need to work with us in… Read more

Would Jeff Bezos Forget The Customer?

A Facebook post from a former client caught my eye recently. He believes the NFL and a few other groups have forgotten about the importance of customers. “As customers, should we be subjected to self-righteous grandstanding, whether we agree or disagree with a particular point of view?” he asked. Let’s see, what would Peter Drucker,… Read more

I Can’t Hear You, Your Actions Are Too Loud!

“What most influences your work decisions every day?” I asked a group of scientists in Minneapolis.  “The boss,” one answered. “What they say—especially what they do.” Everything a leader says and does is scrutinized for meaning, because it assumes importance as a form of communication, often far beyond even what the leader imagines. And we… Read more

Leading in Tumultuous Times

Managing through tumultuous times is often the equivalent of a high-wire balancing act.  The disruption is a source of anxiety and uncertainty for people inside the organization. If linking people to strategy represents a major challenge in normal times, creating linkage during a downsizing, merger or reorganization raises the challenge exponentially. In tumultuous times, communication… Read more

The High Performance Cocktail

Open book management is the purest form of organization communication that I’ve seen in more than 30 years. Blended with a sound change management process, it can take business performance to heights never thought possible. It is the high performance cocktail. I met Jack Stack nearly 25 years ago. He was CEO of SRC Holdings… Read more

Measure What Matters

What gets measured gets done. Even though we’ve heard that a gazillion times, many organizations are still managing the wrong measures. Consequently, they’re getting the wrong results. Too many leaders today don’t give enough thought to what they’re measuring. The leader of a large U.S operation once suggested  that training should be measured by how… Read more