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Dannielle Blumenthal, Ph.D.

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Richard E Furlong commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post 'What Great Corporate Cultures Have - 5 Short Personal Observations'
"Trust is such a high value. All of these points are on point. Thanks for a great post Dannielle"
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Peter Gillis commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post 'What Great Corporate Cultures Have - 5 Short Personal Observations'
"I think at a lot of locations across the government, some if not most of these are absent. All of these are leadership driven; we must develop leaders who understand that these aspects of culture are critical."
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Cross-Cultural Illiteracy, the Invisible Engagement Barrier

Tyrantis a character-driven show about a fictitious country in the Middle East that is painfully lumbering toward freedom. Every episode shows the characters confronting some external conflict that brings up painful memories, unresolved conflicts, and inner motivations they'd rather not confront.As an adult raised cross-culturally, the most interesting thing about this show is watching the difference between how Americans think and…See More
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Lori Winterfeldt liked Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post '5 Digital Engagement Lessons From My Personal Life'
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5 Laws of Social Media You Aren't Following Right Now

This past year has been a stunning opportunity to learn from the highly skilled people on my staff at the National Archives about what social media excellence is. I'm participating in an educational panel (in my own professional capacity**) in D.C. next week and will be drawing on some lessons they've taught…See More
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Control Your Emotions, Control Your Brand

All great comedians have one thing in common. They see the world in a crazy way. And they make you see it their way, temporarily. But they don't lose control of their emotions in the process.Think of anyone: Howard Stern, Roseanne Barr, Howie Mandel, Joan Rivers, Russell Brand, Jerry Seinfeld, Lucille Ball. They're neurotic. But they've sharpened it to a fine point. You know what's coming, and you laugh.Laughing with, not at, is the mark of a relevant brand.Branding is conveyed through a lot of…See More
Aug 7
Dannielle Blumenthal posted a blog post

Control Your Emotions, Control Your Brand

All great comedians have one thing in common. They see the world in a crazy way. And they make you see it their way, temporarily. But they don't lose control of their emotions in the process.Think of anyone: Howard Stern, Roseanne Barr, Howie Mandel, Joan Rivers, Russell Brand, Jerry Seinfeld, Lucille Ball. They're neurotic. But they've sharpened it to a fine point. You know what's coming, and you laugh.Laughing with, not at, is the mark of a relevant brand.Branding is conveyed through a lot of…See More
Aug 7
Mark Hammer commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post '5 Digital Engagement Lessons From My Personal Life'
"I will admit that I have a grudge against Twitter and texting.  And heck, maybe even against Powerpoint.  The incessant urge towards poignant brevity, encouraged by these various technologies, has tended to replace discourse with…"
Aug 5
Peter Sperry commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post '5 Digital Engagement Lessons From My Personal Life'
"These are 5 good suggestions which would apply well in any context regardless of media.  They are similar to the training given to people planning town hall meetings and other face to face constituent meetings for elected officials.   The…"
Aug 5
Dannielle Blumenthal commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post '5 Digital Engagement Lessons From My Personal Life'
"Mark - It's a kind of mob psychology. The scariest comments are the ones from "Anonymous." Just their avatar is scary. But it's still better to have impolite conversations than violence.  Glad to hear you're…"
Aug 5
Mark Hammer commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post '5 Digital Engagement Lessons From My Personal Life'
"Some 55 years ago, social psychologist Stanley Milgram observed that people could do some pretty mean things to each other when the physical and psychological distance between actor and victim was increased; all the while presuming that they were…"
Aug 4
David B. Grinberg commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post '5 Digital Engagement Lessons From My Personal Life'
"Excellent examples, Dannielle. I wrote a blog on the Gaza Conflict for LinkedIn and Politix, in addition to tweeting. I encountered some of the same examples you point out. Your "rules" make very good sense. Thanks for sharing."
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David B. Grinberg liked Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post '5 Digital Engagement Lessons From My Personal Life'
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Profile Information

Current Title:
Director of Communications (All Opinions My Own)
Current Agency or Organization
Bureau of a Federal Government Agency
What Best Describes Your Role?
Communications
Profile Links - Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
www.linkedin.com/in/dannielleblumenthal
www.dannielleblumenthal.com
@thinkbrandfirst
Topics I Care About
Communications, Fun Stuff, Gov 2.0, Leadership, Performance Mgmt, Project / Program Mgmt, Telework
I work for the government because:
It is an amazing opportunity to do well by doing good.
My favorite public servant is:
Hillary Clinton

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What Great Corporate Cultures Have - 5 Short Personal Observations

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 11:37pm 2 Comments

1) A very strong sense of purpose. The idea being that we are a unified force in a "war" to achieve something under incredible odds, pressure, etc. 



2) A 50-50 focus on people and operations vs. 90-10 operations vs. people. (I get that it's hard to trust because you don't want to get hurt; trust issues are why most organizations prefer to focus on technical things and hard numbers.) 



3) A commitment to process - order,…

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Here, Let Me Check That Tweet For You

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

Today I was thinking about work, and how some people just find it easy to roll through it, just take the money and run. I wasn't ever one of those people. 

It's insane to watch from the outside, actually, because I work in the government and very often the people who do best are quiet, they have some kind of passion outside of the job, and they do what they need to do without getting worked up about it. 

They know that the red tape can kill you if you…
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Cross-Cultural Illiteracy, the Invisible Engagement Barrier

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Tyrantis a character-driven show about a fictitious country in the Middle East that is painfully lumbering toward freedom. Every episode shows the characters confronting some external conflict that brings up painful memories, unresolved conflicts, and inner motivations they'd rather not confront.

As an adult raised cross-culturally, the most interesting thing about this show is watching the difference between how…

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5 Laws of Social Media You Aren't Following Right Now

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

This past year has been a stunning opportunity to learn from the highly skilled people on my staff at the National Archives about what social media excellence is. I'm participating in an educational panel (in my own professional capacity**) in D.C. next week and will be drawing on some lessons they've…

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When They Just Won't Listen

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 8:06am 0 Comments

A few weeks ago we were walking around the neighborhood and a little girl ran up to us. 

"I'm lost!"

She was about six years old and very cute even though she was sobbing. She had these little tears and a little stream of snot near her nose from the crying. She kept wiping her face through her sobs, and talking through the wiping. 

"I'm lost! I'm…

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At 3:51pm on August 31, 2012, Jacqueline Sullivan said…

It's really good to see you as well!  I've been following your posts, good stuff as usual.  Take care and have a restful Labor Day!

At 10:50am on March 14, 2012, Traci said…

Thank You!  Enjoy the sunshine as well!!!  Hope summer is really here!!

At 9:06am on October 25, 2011, Anna B. Sandoval said…
yes you can add the link outside of GL and thanks for your comment.
At 11:00am on September 9, 2011, Paul Homan said…

Hey Dannielle,

I did a shout out to you on the Friday Fab Five today!  Be sure to check it out!

At 9:21am on March 11, 2011, Patricia Paul said…

Dannielle-

Thanks for explaining.  I remember hearing that now that you remind me.  That shows such respect and awe-as it should be.

Have a good day.

Patty

At 12:21pm on March 6, 2011, GovLoop said…
That is a hilarious quote generator...
At 10:28am on February 25, 2011, Lauren Modeen said…
Haha.  Love your 6-word passion story :)
At 11:51am on February 13, 2011, James Ferreira said…
Dannielle, Thank you for accepting my invite! I am surprised, pleasantly so, that there are so many communication experts here. I am a CIO which is traditionally a computer sci. kind of gig but with the way computing is going I am very happy to have my degree in Communication, someday I might have time to go back and do something as cool as you and get a phD. I did not take the journalism route, but went old school rhetoric. Interesting how that is playing out now that I spend most of my time talking about what we have/are doing in technology. I read your post today and you really hit the nail on the head; keep it honest and real that is what we all want.
At 10:47am on January 12, 2011, Heather S. Marsh said…

Thoughts? Well, as a former Air Force public affairs spec., I'm a little biased. I think the Air Force has always been a little more willing to jump out there and try new things--developing a guide for the use of social media before the other services is a perfect example. However, I will say that when the other services finally got with the program, they came out blazing--and continue to get better. Again, I could be biased as I work closely with their social media folks. :) Perhaps DoD is forced to be more proactive because of our numbers (service members, families and veterans) and the importance of communicating with them.

 

Since I feel like we have similar interests, I'm curious if you listen to any podcasts and if so, which are your favorites?

 

Happy Wednesday!

--H

At 10:28am on November 5, 2010, Jay S. Daughtry, ChatterBachs said…
I see that you've arrived, Dannielle! Congratulations! Have a productive day!
 
 
 

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