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We explore a variety of topics and issues of the day. Tell us what you think.

Jumping Boundaries

September 13, 2022

How do you decide whether to respect a boundary or jump over it? The answer to that question comes down to context. Last weekend, it was a clear-cut decision to heed the red warning sign, “Danger. Firing Range.” I chose to stay on the marked trail rather than encounter a stray shot. Using the existing path, rather than trekking through the brush, also helped me avoid the pervasive poison ivy. On the other hand, if your organization is coming under fire for staying the course, it may be time to push the boundary. Or, better yet, jump over it. Change your overall approach.

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The Right Combination

September 2, 2022

What do love locks have to do with communications? Everything. The padlocks found on bridges and other structures around the world are a symbol of unbreakable bonds. People ceremoniously attach locks to a special spot to signify their lasting connections with family, friends and soulmates. When you think about it, that’s what communications is about – creating powerful bonds with your key audiences. For purposes of this blog, I’m not here to discuss how love locks are outlawed in many places because of the damage to structures or historic landmarks. That’s not the point today. Rather, I want to concentrate on ways you can lock in on communications that better connect with your audiences.

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Find the Hum

August 12, 2022

Today’s blog is inspired by my obsession with Wordle. Yes, I confess. This professional communicator is a Wordle wonk. I can’t start or finish my day without taking a stab at solving this New York Times puzzle. Everyone who plays faces the same challenge; guess the secret word in six tries or less. Sometimes, we guess the word on our own. Other times, we peruse a list of possible words with letters we have discovered. Whether we win or lose the game, we share a sense of camaraderie in playing. Likewise, when we find the HUM – and live the words beginning with these three letters – we strengthen our communications and working relationships.

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Shaping Reality

August 3, 2022

Have you ever lost sleep worrying about a pending project or sensitive communications? I’m talking about obsessing over best- and worst-case scenarios and replaying different scenes in your head. When every waking or sleeping hour is consumed with weighing all the options. In the end, did these mental gyrations help or hinder you from handling the situation in real life (IRL)? As a creative communicator, I’m in good company to believe that imagination can shape our reality.

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In the Same Direction

July 28, 2022

It feels good to move in the same direction. When we aren’t pulled in multiple directions, we can work together to uncover the obstacles and discover the opportunities ahead. We can share a common goal and camaraderie with our colleagues to accomplish the tasks at hand. However, moving in the same direction doesn’t mean sharing the same ideas, backgrounds and perspectives.

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Give Me a Break

July 9, 2022

A break in the clouds can change everything. When the sun shines through thick clouds overhead, we can get an incredible view of the landscape below. Every contour or feature comes into sharper focus. Likewise, when we shine a light or our undivided attention on an issue, we can get a high-definition view. Every dimension or possibility to consider before developing our plan of action. On this rainy day in Georgia, I’d like to leave you with this one thought. Breakthroughs happen when we make our own break in the clouds.

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Turn Up the Heat

June 16, 2022

I can still feel the heat and hear the roar of that erupting volcano in the Galapagos Islands. Four years ago today, I saw an active volcano on Fernandina Island from the deck of a catamaran. Our captain travelled hours to bring us to this unscheduled stop on our tour. He steered near the violent spectacle to give us a closer look. You could say that is exactly what the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol is doing. They are bringing us closer to the insurrection burned in our collective memory and shedding light on what their exhaustive investigation has unearthed.

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Rock the Boat

June 6, 2022

Who doesn’t love the serenity of origami-inspired boats floating gently in a fountain? I certainly do. But I recognize we live in a world that requires more rock-the-boat moments. How can you and your organization challenge the status quo? Operate like origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. Invite your team – especially your communications professionals – into the fold or decision-making process. Examine all the angles to turn a flat sheet of paper or difficult situation into a well-sculpted solution. Establish a welcoming environment that inspires your teams, clients and other key audiences  to question the way it has always been done. Tried-and-true approaches shouldn’t become sacrosanct. Listen to and then incorporate valuable feedback into your operations.

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