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Listening Matters

Posted on Nov 16, 2013 in ComLead, Organizational Leadership

Listening Matters

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou’s quote above confirms that as leaders, sometimes what we say is not the most important skill. The impact leaders have on others is not always about choosing the right words or making the best decisions – often it is simply relating well that has the biggest impact on others. And listening well is a central part of that. Listening comprises the majority of our communication – more than writing, reading or even...

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Leading Ethically Everywhere

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 in ComLead, Organizational Leadership

Leading Ethically Everywhere

Robert Schrecongost, former Vice Chairman and VP of Technology at GoodYear/Dunlop North America, spoke to the Leadership foundations class this month about leading in an international marketplace. Robert, who spoke from 39 years in the tire industry, has traveled around the world – collaborating on teams in France, Germany, the UK, Japan and beyond. In his talk, Robert demonstrated how leading ethically and authentically brings success. Communication Robert emphasized how crucial good communication is for leadership. “It doesn’t really matter what your skill set is if you...

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De-cluttering Life

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 in ComLead, Organizational Leadership

De-cluttering Life

Mid-semester hits graduate students hard. Midterms and papers are coming due, and it’s time to look ahead toward the final exams and projects in the not-so-distant future. Life can be even crazier for the dozens of our Communication & Leadership grad students working full-time in their careers, and balancing school and work with family and leadership in their communities. Yikes. It’s about this time every semester that I find myself sitting down with my planner, some highlighters and my stack of syllabi to devise a plan of attack for meeting all my commitments. When it feels...

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Building Your Nonprofit Credibility

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 in ComLead, Managing Not-For-Profit Organizations, Organizational Leadership

Building Your Nonprofit Credibility

One of the biggest challenges young professionals tackle might be that people assume we’re inexperienced or unreliable. This lack of perceived credibility can be huge obstacle to building a network and conducting business, especially in the non-profit sector, which relies so heavily on personal connections and sharing expertise. Without credibility, nonprofit leaders struggle to secure donors, gain community support and do effective work. What can a young professional do when faced with a “But you’re too young!” mentality in the workplace? Brynne Harrison,...

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Knowing When It’s Time to Quit

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 in ComLead, Organizational Leadership

Knowing When It’s Time to Quit

Marina Shifrin’s interpretive dance resignation video hit the internet with a storm this week. In it she explains she’s quitting Next Media Animation in Taipei, “an awesome company,” because her boss only cares about quantity of videos and views. Marina’s opinion didn’t align with her boss’s, and so she decided to quit. If the YouTube comments are any indication, many of us are living vicariously through Marina’s video. Forbes recently found that 2 million Americans quit their jobs each month, even in our current unstable economy. Forbes has...

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Can Marketers Read Your Mind?

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 in ComLead, Integrated Marketing Communication

Can Marketers Read Your Mind?

          Something happened in my brain when I watched the new Guinness ad – the wildly successful commercial that earned 3 million YouTube views in just three days. I’m not sure what it was, but by the final frame of foamy Irish stout, I was already planning on buying a pint next time I go to the bar.     To me – and I suspect a good number of the 6+ million viewers of this clip – this ad inspires, challenges and ultimately surprises. It reaches out to me emotionally, relationally and cognitively, and it lands right on that...

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