Post by Linda Thrasher, Himle Rapp's Corporate Practice Leader. You can follow her on Twitter at @lindakthrasher
I am always amazed by the number of companies that are on a fast growth trajectory–expanding beyond $1-2 billion and hoping to double or even triple revenue. These organizations often have well-oiled departments, including finance, sales and marketing, or human resources. Yet, often little thought is given to developing a communications team or to providing resources for best-in-class communications. Likely many executives view communications as “nice to have” but not worth the overhead.
Post by Linda Thrasher, Himle Rapp's Corporate Practice Leader. You can follow her on Twitter, @LindaKThrasher
With the start of the new school year, one of my colleagues remarked that it feels likes the light switch has flipped back on – not just in our schools, but as the “summer is over” sentiment hits the workplace.
I couldn't help but reflect on the light switch comment as I participated in a recent “Back to School” session for my children and all of us parents reengaged in the school process. While the teachers talked extensively about the curriculum (a.k.a. the “what”), they spent as much time talking about the “how” of what students learn and the importance of mindset – emphasizing the need to take risks, demonstrate courage and practice new skills repeatedly. As I listened to the discussion in the school gym, it occurred to me how applicable these comments are for the business world. Do we take time at the beginning of our new fiscal years to re-anchor ourselves and discuss the importance of taking risks, showing courage and practicing our skills?
Post by Linda Thrasher, Himle Rapp's Corporate Practice Leader. You can follow her on Twitter @lindakthrasher
My colleague, Todd Rapp, and I recently had the opportunity to lead a workshop for a large Fortune 500 company on the theme of “Creating Impact” through enhancing your communication and influencing skills.
One of the segments we addressed was the fact you can speak volumes without talking, especially when you consider the importance an audience gives your non-verbal skills (e.g. think UCLA Professor Mehrabian’s well-known formula on how audiences judge speaker performance: 7% verbal, 38% tone, 55% visual).
Post by Susie Bell. Susie is a Director at Himle Rapp. You can follow her on Twitter @swbell.
There have been quite a few “best-of” lists released recently, and Minneapolis has ranked near the top of many of them. Everyone was deservedly excited when The Trust for Public Land named us the best big city for public parks. Fewer people were probably proud of being named #4 on Travel and Leisure’s snobbiest cities list.
A list that sparked my interest was the Gallup poll on most engaged and least engaged workers in the country. It found workers in Minnesota were the least engaged in the entire nation. With so many Fortune 500 companies headquartered here, as well as many large, successful private corporations like Cargill, Minnesota should be doing better.