11 principles for effective internal communication

11 principles for effective internal communication

 “Attend to the in-house before going to the out-house.” Have you heard that catchy phrase before? The first time I ever heard it — in 1983 at my first national school communications conference as a newly-hired school PR professional — I laughed out loud.  But do you...
“You’re dead to me!”

“You’re dead to me!”

How dare they! You took a chance on them, you nurtured them, taught them everything you know, and THIS is how they repay you? By saying “so long” and heading off to work for someone else? It’s an outrage. The look in your eyes as they pack up their desk says one...
8 ways to work hard and play hard this summer

8 ways to work hard and play hard this summer

Summer officially starts next week — a time when kids are getting out of school, afternoons are getting warmer, the nights are getting longer, vacations are being planned and motivation for actual work may be at an all time low.   Living in the Pacific Northwest, most...
Heart and leadership: why it’s way less fluffy than it sounds.

Heart and leadership: why it’s way less fluffy than it sounds.

When it comes to talking about what makes a great leader, I return time and again to this trifecta: character, commitment and…heart. Yes, heart. As soon as you read that, I’m betting your mind went one of two ways: “Pah, heart! There’s no room for this touchy-feely...