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  • - There is always a musical, political or Simpsons reference
    on your team has the seed of a good idea but she s over worked it and now it s pretty bad But she s too close and can t see the problem A client of mine recently descended down this path and try as I might she couldn t see the forest for the trees she was careening toward She was about to communicate this idea to senior leadership and the results weren t going to be pretty So I turned to a television classic Homer Simpson s Nuts and Gum Individually nuts and gum can be quite tasty Together though Homer might think it a culinary sensation I suspect my client s team wouldn t concur There are thousands of other examples Here are just a few Together at last Homer s homage to over engineering The Homer which bankrupted his brother s manufacturing company How about a Bono and Frank Sinatra duet or the hastily constructed Liberal NDP Bloc coalition that never was But work is no place to talk politics is it Thankfully my client got the nuts and gum reference and I didn t have to pull out the Lawyers Guns and Money or administer a Cher slap When you need to convey a complex message think about how you can make it real for your audience And don t shy away from drawing analogies to the things they experience every day like movies music or the Simpson s Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel on I don t wanna know

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/theres-always-a-musical-political-or-simpsons-reference/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - A hairy situation, a lesson in change communication
    could knock me off my fashion game There s a change communication lesson in here somewhere I just know it What s happening with my stylist is a good example of what happens in organizations every day Someone decides to make a change for whatever reason and there s a ripple effect Maybe the people or the system we ve come to rely upon won t be there anymore and we ll have to build a new relationship with someone else or learn how to use some new technology Will the new person be an idiot Will the replacement technology suck We don t know but often we jump to those conclusions because our lizard brain takes over and we get all twitchy and untrusting As my pal Phil says change makes people act funny and if ever there was a statement of the obvious this is it In times of change it s critical for leaders to get in front of the change and share the real story even when it s covered in warts and imperfections Nature abhors a vacuum and without someone there to fill it with the truth colleagues fill it with tales of idiot new guys and sucky technology All they need are the facts and a little understanding and empathy from their leaders All I need is a new stylist In this case only I think it might be easier for you than it will be for me Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel on I don t wanna know

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/a-hairy-situation-a-lesson-in-change-communication/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - Authentic, the new fake
    used to describe big change in organizations like we re on some family trip from hell that never ends It s not a journey it s a circus an uphill climb groundhog day a tough slog If Pivot helps you it s a success but whatever it is it isn t a journey The fact that people use utilize astounds me It s puffery all baroque and high falutin Perhaps we should change useless to utilizeless Let s make utilize what it is useless and just use use And then there s authentic the new fake Ask your colleagues they ll tell you anyone who uses authentic in corporate communication is either naive or messing with you Unfortunately for most people the workplace hasn t been authentic for a long time and the systematic overuse of this word has rendered it utterly utilizeless Want to be authentic Let s all start by being real The truth will flow from there Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/authentic-the-new-fake/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - Rules of engagement: keeping employees turned on in a downturn
    be handy to mobilize employees should you need more help to cross the finish line Keep in contact consistently Establish regular multi directional communication channels that encourage dialogue across all levels of your organization Consider town halls breakfast meetings message boards blogs anonymous question posting sites advisory groups committees whatever works best for your organization And help your leaders better communicate with employees by preparing clear consistent and regularly updated messages and creating opportunities for them to engage with their teams like walking the floors or one on ones Help them help you Employees have great ideas on how to improve things like productivity cost efficiency or environmental sustainability but often don t know how to get support for them Encourage idea sharing by opening up communication channels establish committees set up a suggestion box including mechanisms for follow up and ownership or create a space on your intranet to post success stories When employees actively contribute they feel valued by the business and more in control of their future They also tend to agree with and support their own ideas which increases your chance for success Use a scalpel not a hatchet Employees know that tough times call for tough measures but who wants to work for a company that s cut all of the enjoyment out of its workplace It s fine to eliminate the holiday party because it costs too much but offer alternatives or better yet ask employees for ideas Renting an ice rink and serving hot chocolate is a lot cheaper than a black tie event at a fancy hotel and shows employees that they re still working for a fun and vibrant organization Walk the talk If you want your employees to watch their costs pay closer attention to customer service or be more

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/rules-of-engagement-keeping-employees-turned-on-in-a-downturn/ (2016-02-13)
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  • pivot communication › Lost Password
    pivot communication Please enter your username or email address You will receive a link to create a new password via email Username or E mail Log in Back to pivot

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword (2016-02-13)
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  • - admin
    words your actions and all will be groovy Seriously is that too much to ask Three years later shareholder value is still BS to me We take too much and give too little It s time to step back from the brink Sage advice If you re afraid of it you can always give it away No room to mince words or actions When it comes to your values be relentless My you look lovely today Mrs Cleaver Ingratiation will get you nowhere Eddie especially during big organizational change Lessons on change from the humble chickpea If you love hummus you can handle change What we learned at Vimy Ridge In business as in battle there is no room for or sense in secrets Ray Don Don t let condescension be your guide 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel on I don t wanna know Kiran on Let me go Archives March 2015 February 2015 January

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/author/admin/page/2/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - admin
    say something listen Judge the cover by the book Don t be shallow Dive deep Broken record Come clean fully or lose me forever Building up the callous Change is a whole lot easier when we develop some resilience Ho ho ho Happy holidays from Pivot No sacred cows no silver bullets It s not time to pray it s time to do something about it Thin air requires thick skin Leaders are held to a higher standard for a reason The solution is not dilution Got bad news Spill it All of it 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel on I don t wanna know Kiran on Let me go Archives March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 November 2014 July 2014 May 2014 March 2014 February 2014 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/author/admin/page/3/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - admin
    Part II Beware of larger than life heroes You might just find they re big fat fakes LIVELIE What will you do with your yellow wristband now that the truth is out If it stops working for you stop working for it Staying in a job you hate isn t necessarily less risky than leaving it Let people judge your actions not question your integrity When communicating a difficult message chose the right path not the expedient one VP of Special Projects Managers make tough decisions all the time but it s a leader who stands behind the decision Off Target Be honest but know when to stop Accountability not credit A real leader knows the difference 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel on I don t wanna know Kiran on Let me go Archives March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 November 2014 July 2014 May 2014 March 2014 February 2014 November 2013 October 2013 September

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