Develop a Leadership Mindset to Get Noticed and Move Up

Leading the “Coaching to Develop a Leadership Mindset” course for the IABC Academy for the past three years, I’ve heard firsthand from many communicators about the challenges they face in the workplace and on the path to leadership. Here are some of the most common concerns and requests: How to develop confidence, emotional intelligence and…
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Leadership Presence: 7 self-sabotaging behaviors that keep professional communicators from the C-suite

Are you “leadership material”? Do you have what it takes to get to or influence the C-suite? Most important, do others perceive you as a leader? As a communicator, I am sure you know that perception is reality. If you are not perceived as a leader, regardless of your array of qualifications and strong record…
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The 7 Capabilities You Need on Your Path to the Top

Why was Chuck Robbins both a surprising successor and the obvious choice when he was named CEO of Cisco? How did a leadership opportunity in London put Edith Cooper on track to become senior director at Goldman Sachs? What motivated Yoky Matsuoka to return to Nest as CTO after a tenure away? Each made strategic…
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Activist CEOs: A new generation of leaders

The role of a CEO, the highest-ranking executive in a company, has traditionally been defined as having the primary responsibility for major corporate decisions, managing the overall operations and resources of a company and acting as the main point of communication between the board of directors and corporate operations. Over the past few years, the…
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CEO Activism: How executives can take sides on social issues

When the state of Indiana in the U.S. passed its Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 2015, corporate leaders from Salesforce to Angie’s List to Apple were quick to speak out. The law allowed individuals and companies to cite infringement of their religious freedom as a legal defense. Opponents of the law argued that it…
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The Risks and Rewards of CEO Activism

Over the past 18 months, the climate in the U.S. has changed dramatically as business and policy have intersected more deeply than ever before. When dozens of CEOs spoke up about the new U.S. administration’s decisions regarding issues like climate change and travel to the U.S. from select countries, for example, social media ignited, protests…
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Facebook: The poor crisis management of the richest social network

An issue ignored is a crisis invited.” —Henry Kissinger The story of CEOs burying their heads in the sand instead of facing the media to confront a crisis results in the same bad consequences for organizations time and time again. Last month, when The Guardian newspaper notified Facebook that they were publishing news of the…
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6 ways to use stories to super-charge your next presentation

The worst presenter I ever saw did everything wrong, from not understanding his audience, to lecturing instead of engaging us, to turning the session into one long sales pitch. Worst of all, his talk was nothing but data—endless columns of it, packed onto dense, ugly slides. There was no narrative holding his points together and,…
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How we use modern communication platforms

Technological advancements have left us awash with options when it comes to communicating in the modern age. But are we taking advantage of this greater level of choice, and how is it affecting our lives? To find out, we surveyed 2,000 people in the U.S. on their use of 23 common communication platforms (shown below),…
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Strategic Internal Communications Conference, Boston, July 17 – 19

5th Annual Strategic Internal Communications | Boston Register using promo code “IABCBoston” and save $200. How to create a culture of engagement, align employee purpose with organizational goals, & create a motivated, high-performing workplace using new social tools & technologies July 17 – 19, 2018 | Omni Parker House, Boston Pre-Conference Workshop Day: Tuesday, July…
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