Let’s start with the obvious: Layoffs are horrible.

There’s no soothing way to announce they’re happening, and no easy way to help employees move on from them. Most executives mean well, and try their best to show respect in this difficult situation.

However, thanks to...

We’ve all been there. You’ve been asked to give a keynote speech. Or an important presentation on your area of expertise. Or, maybe you’re prepping for a crucial, one-on-one conversation: persuading a senior exec to back your proposal, or providing constructive feedbac...

So much fun to talk about body language, tone and the weakest, worst crutch words with Chris on the Career Warrior podcast! These are everyday communication tips you can use whether you're prepping for a TED Talk or a job interview.

Listen to the interview for tips on h...

We had a great time on the Strong Suit podcast with Jeff Hyman, talking about the heyday of Best Buy and how our 12 shared years running the Employee Communications team played a role in the company's success. 

Listen to the 20-minute interview for tips on communicating...

Great leaders must also be great communicators.

At ROCKdotVOSS, we’ve developed a model that identifies four communication principles senior leaders must embrace to be great communicators – and the associated skills to master.

This article takes a closer look at one of...

Few surprises have the potential to disrupt a company's operations like the abrupt, unplanned departure of a CEO.

While interim leaders are usually appointed to help the company stay the course in the short term, the reality is that a change of this magnitude can impact...

Her name was Carla, and she was our new Chief Communications Officer – a rare external hire for a company that usually promoted from within. She was sophisticated, smart, educated and experienced. And a little intimidating, given her impressive credentials and backgrou...

Lessons on leadership are available anywhere you look these days – from social media to bookstore shelves to your boss’s corner office. But if you really want the inside scoop on what it takes to be a leader, spend some time with your local youth baseball coach.

These m...

We’re fast approaching the halfway point of the calendar year – a time when companies often scrutinize progress toward annual goals and tighten team budgets accordingly. Knowing full well that Internal Communications teams generally operate with limited resources to be...

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