When Adding Value Is Real

“What gets measured, gets managed.” This phrase, most often attributed to management guru Peter Drucker, is widely quoted in business circles. The easiest way to understand it is by invoking its inverse.  “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” This Thursday, I’ll join three of my fellow International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Fellows to discuss the importance of… Read more

It’s Getting Harder to Hide

Although there’s a group of business-savvy communication practitioners out there who understand the importance of adding value, there’s a huge contingent of practitioners who hang on to the traditional communication role—that of in-house reporters of news and information—all at a cost to the business. Why do they hang on to old ways? Some don’t know… Read more

Money Doesn’t Grow on Tweets

Most employee communication departments don’t measure the right things or they don’t measure at all. What gets measured has little to do with operating or financial performance. So, how do they know if they’re adding any value to their businesses? The number of tweets, re-tweets, page views, content consumption, readability, channel usage, quantity or quality… Read more

Four Core Areas to Fast Track Comms Careers

Communication practitioners have access this week to knowledge that can help propel their careers. The world’s premier communication association launched its world conference in Montreal on Sunday. Since I became an  IABC* fellow nearly 20 years ago, I’ve only missed speaking at this conference a few times before now. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend this year…. Read more

Can Social Media Activity Move to Results?

You might be draining value from your organization if your social media efforts create more activity than results. There’s no doubt that social media is here to stay, one way or another. We’re bombarded with emails that offer “10 ways to generate leads and checklists to succeed with social selling” and social selling checklists that… Read more

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

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

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

Social Media is Missing the Point

When you don’t know what to measure, you should know you’re in trouble. Many in the social media world might be wise to consider themselves in trouble. Not long ago I interviewed the head of marketing for a $20 billion company. “Our communication people are worried about the wrong things,” he told me. “I explain… Read more