Free Associations: An Interactive Post on CommScrum

In this posting, the men and the woman of CommScrum discuss their short history, their commitment to free discussion, and the reactions they have received from unexpected places…in the script of an online SkypeChat.

The conversation, which covers such topics as the tensions between hierarchy and democracy in organizations,  the relevance of various associations and players in the business communications space, and the likely emergence of like-minded “tribes” as forces to be reckoned with in that space, can be found at:  http://commscrum.wordpress.com.

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Is More “Top-Down Inspiration” Really the Answer for Organizational Recovery?

Challenging the conventional wisdom that the answer for reviving organizations is a more-of-the-same focus on “employee engagement” and “top-down inspirational leadership” is the purpose of this piece, written as a reply to industry association IABC’s recent introduction to its Communication World magazine.  The reply, which can be found on Communitelligence at http://bit.ly/bdsd2h , instead offers tangible approaches where strategic internal communication can make real differences without invoking the need for inspirational interventions.

Praise from Internal Comms Legend Roger D’Aprix

My recent writing on internal communication and engagement has drawn the attention of Roger D’Aprix, one of the most durable and beloved figures in the industry, and author of seven books on the subject–including the “The Credible Company: Communicating with Today’s Skeptical Workforce.”

Said Roger:  “Mike, I like the fact that you go against the grain of this profession and are willing to say so.  Reminds me of my younger self.  Keep it up.”

For more about Roger, please check out his LinkedIn profile at http://bit.ly/coWOHN.