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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Lauren Maxwell on Social Business Adoption & Results

Permission to Speak

Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.
Our guest for this episode:  Lauren Maxwell

 

Topics discussed:

 

Empower people in organizations to voice their creative thoughts & take a seat at the table

Social media & social tools

Marketing

Social collaboration

Social business

Culture change

Stories

Social business adoption

Social …

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Avoid Being Uberized: Tap into the Innovation of Your Employees

by Kelly Vandever

According to recent research from IBM, one of the biggest fears of executives is competitors “coming out of nowhere” to disrupt their industry and business in the way that Uber has upended the taxi business.

That got me to thinking. If organizations were more tapped into their employees, if employees were more engaged and comfortable speaking up, could they avoid becoming the next disrupted business?

What do you think? Comment below.

 


Disruption Isn’t New.
On September 14, 2014, I took this picture and posted on Facebook, …

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Permission to Speak – Episode #2 – Craig Price – Interview with Kelly Vandever on Leadership Lessons from Toxic/Difficult Employees

Episode #2 – Craig Price

Permission to Speak

Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.

Topics include:

Not speaking up is the cause of most people’s misery at work

Speaking up and getting shut down

Difficult people

How to deliver negative news in the workplace

Toxic employees

Trying to …

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Leadership – Learning Your Team Members’ Individual Needs, Goals and Strengths

by Kelly Vandever

The group wasn’t happy about being acquired by a new company. They had a successful product and doubted the tenacity of the acquiring company’s offerings. What’s more, they were not impressed with the acquiring company’s executive management that had already visited their offices. And now, the group was getting a new manager who would manage them…from more than 700 miles away! Imagine what you would have thought if you were in this group!

 
Getting to Know You 
Whether you’re managing new people 700 miles away, or working …

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How Do I Motivate Remote Employees?

by Kelly Vandever

 

We’ll call him LT Dan…not to be confused with the LT Dan in the movie Forrest Gump… but this man was a Lieutenant in the US Navy and his first name was Dan.

LT Dan would call me up and tell me what his group was doing.

Let me give you some context.

At the time, I was in charge of officer recruiting in the Southern United States for the US Navy. Indirectly reporting to me were 8 officers who were responsible for the officer recruiting in …

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How Would I Feel if I Were the Manager Who Was Being “Gone Around” Because of the Open Social Enterprise?

by Kelly Vandever

 

As a manager, I’m pretty sure along the way, I said something to this effect…

As the head of this group, I’m responsible for what happens. But I want to know what you think. When things come up, I want to know what you think we should do. I want to hear your recommendations. In the end, I may decide to take your recommendation or I may go a different direction. If I go a different direction, I’ll try to make sure …

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What’s In It for the Manager When an Employee Speaks Up?

 

by Kelly Vandever

One of my bosses (whom shall remain nameless for purposes of this post) had a bad habit.

Instead of the word “organization,” he would say another word that begins with the letters “orga” and let’s just say, the word he used really wasn’t suitable for use in our workplace. He only used the inappropriate substitution when in the company of the senior leadership team. He never ever did it in front of the rest of the employees. And other than the unfortunate substitution, he didn’t swear …

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Could Your Company Be the Next Volkswagen? Create a Business Environment Where Leaders and Employees Have Permission to Speak

by Kelly Vandever

While the details of the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal are still pouring out, the results are clear.  Volkswagen has lost millions… in stock price, in dollars to fix the emissions cheat, and in the trust of loyal fans who believed the automaker cared about more than making a buck.

From what we’re hearing so far, you just have to believe that dozens of people along the way had to have made a conscious decision to cheat the …

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Rock Your Unglamorous Work!

By Kelly Vandever

One of the things I secretly love (well, not so secret now that you’re reading this) is when I’m in a public gathering and for whatever reason, someone asks the military veterans in the room to stand and be recognized.

OH MY GOD, I LOVE TO STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED AS A VET! Yes, I’m extremely proud that I served my country…but I also dig that I’m one of the few…and sometimes the only…woman who’s standing. The look …

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Give Your Employees Permission to Speak – Then Prepare to Be Amazed!

by Kelly Vandever

I’m passionate about giving employees permission to speak and engaging your staff to speak up. I’m passionate because I’ve seen the impact on employees and on business results.

Here’s the story of how I came to believe so strongly in giving employees permission to speak.

 
The Problem: Processing Travel Claims
At my second duty station, we processed all the travel claims of military personnel who transferred to the Naval Air Station in Pensacola for a permanent assignment. We also processed travel claims for those who had to …

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