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Oscar-Winning Film, The Artist, Inspires Us to Really Listen

At 100 minutes, the Oscar-winning Best Picture, The Artist, may be the ultimate practice session for improving your listening skills. I’m sure you’ve heard by now that it’s a silent movie – an extraordinary resource for training to listen with your eyes and zoning in on non-verbal cues.
 
Watching this brilliant black and white film requires fixed focus on the actors – their facial expressions, hand gestures and body movements – to fully comprehend the storyline.
 
And the same applies when it comes to communication at the office.

Are You an Engaged Manager Poll Results

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Maximize Your Meetings by Making Them Shorter

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No one likes meetings. Or, perhaps more accurately, no one likes meetings that have no apparent value or purpose. Over the years we’ve shared many ideas for making your meetings more effective and recently we ran across another method for getting real value from meetings: make them shorter.

That’s the approach of Google CEO Larry Page.

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Prepare for New College Grads Joining Your Team

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College graduations get a lot of media attention in April and May, but a lot of students graduate in December and that means a new wave of workers (albeit a smaller one) enter the workforce. If you expect to welcome a recent college grad to your team here are some things to consider.

First, keep in mind that today’s college grad travels through a world that’s more connected than what we saw only five years ago. To prepare, we recommend a review of your expectations from an operational and communications standpoint. Then help them succeed right out of the gate by using these tips.

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Three Tips for Easing Uncertainty

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The headline of this story – As It Loses Executives, Yahoo Seeks a Deal – illustrates another example of the uncertainty today’s workers face. 

The embattled online media company does not have a permanent chief executive. Potential suitors are circling, albeit tentatively. And employees are growing anxious as senior executives rush for the exits. 

With the level of uncertainty so great, Yahoo is eager to sign a deal and calm its ranks, according to several people briefed on the situation. 

Call it a hunch, but we’d bet that Yahoo employees are far from engaged on the job. Who could blame them? If top executives are fleeing, what does the future hold for the front-line worker? 

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Six Tips for Better Team Meetings

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Staff meetings shouldn’t be a check-the-box item. They should be a core part of your workplace communications process. 

Yet, we often hear complaints from managers and employees that staff meetings far too often lack clear purpose and focus. 

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Want Engaged Employees? Give Them a Voice

 

This month, Dulye & Co. president and founder Linda Dulye contributed an article to IABC's Communication World publication about how companies in every industry can move past "engagement" as a tagline and use it as a powerful competitive advantage. 

 
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Use Video to Breathe Life into Email Newsletters

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As much as communications vehicles have evolved (or vanished) over the past decade or so, the newsletter has stood the test of time. 

Now primarily an email or Web-based channel, the newsletter can still be a powerful – but only if you integrate new media and avoid text-heavy content. 

With the accessibility, simplicity and high quality of personal video recorders, you can easily incorporate video segments into your email newsletter and make it dramatically more engaging. 

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Shoot Straight When Giving Feedback

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Feedback is a two-way street. Leaders have to be open to receiving it and employees have to feel comfortable to offer it. What's more, leaders have to understand the most effective methods for delivering feedback to employees. 

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Remembering 9/11: How Will Your Organization Recognize the Anniversary?

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The 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks is already fresh on the minds of Americans and citizens around the world. 

For businesses, Sept. 11 falling on a Sunday has created challenges in how they can mark the anniversary. What’s the most appropriate way for your business to acknowledge 9/11? 

We suggest asking employees for feedback on how they think the organization should commemorate 9/11.