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Dannielle Blumenthal, Ph.D.

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Personal Branding As A Moral Enterprise

When I started out as a brand consultant one of the most important mantras I heard was "Your brand is your promise." (The other was, "You have a brand whether you like it or not.")In the commercial world, branding is clearly an activity undertaken for financial gain. Companies portray an image, hope to pay less for the image than what you take away from it, and pocket the difference between the two.Personal branding is different. It is commonly thought of as your professional image, e.g. that…See More
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Dannielle Blumenthal replied to Phuong Le Callaway, PhD's discussion 'A Simple Change Proposal for Veterans Affairs'
"Return on investment and comply with the law. Same for gov and private sector. Serve the public interest versus serve profit motive - there's a fundamental difference. Trust bar is higher for gov, but private industry can't exist without…"
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Dannielle Blumenthal replied to Phuong Le Callaway, PhD's discussion 'A Simple Change Proposal for Veterans Affairs'
"Phuong, I just wanted to applaud you for keeping organizational culture front and center in the ongoing conversation about improving government performance. There is no magic formula of course. As Earl rightly points out, change efforts at the VA…"
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Dannielle Blumenthal commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post '5 Types Of People On Every Manager's "A" Team'
"As time goes on I see more and more that a great team means success (and the opposite as well). It isn't just a slogan that people make the difference. It's the truth."
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Earl Rice commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post '5 Types Of People On Every Manager's "A" Team'
"Let's see a real A-team: Can you pick out the heavy weapons guy, the light weapons guy, the signal guy, the medic, the language specialist, sniper, etc.  The teams are built with all the specialties for maximum flexibility and…"
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Why Government Branding is Necessary

Yesterday I gave a talk on branding in government at the July 2014 Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency Public and Media Communications Council meeting in Washington, DC. Here's a link to the playlist with some clips from the talk. As always, all opinions are my own. See More
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Who's Afraid of Performance Management?

I've been in a couple of federal agencies where performance management was a hot topic and every manager was afraid to touch it for fear of a grievance.I've been in meetings where the discussion focused on "rooting out the dead wood," and I said, what about recognizing the good wood and I got the look like, come on Dannielle, we all know that poor performance is the problem.And the opposite, there were those meetings where everybody focused on how bad criticism is by nature, how it hurts morale…See More
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Who's Afraid of Performance Management?

I've been in a couple of federal agencies where performance management was a hot topic and every manager was afraid to touch it for fear of a grievance.I've been in meetings where the discussion focused on "rooting out the dead wood," and I said, what about recognizing the good wood and I got the look like, come on Dannielle, we all know that poor performance is the problem.And the opposite, there were those meetings where everybody focused on how bad criticism is by nature, how it hurts morale…See More
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Kathleen Bergeron commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post 'Lost In The Sauce On Innovation'
"We've all read the organizational gurus' books, talking about the need to get away from saying, "That's not the way we do things around here," and that's all well and good. But when the reality is "that's…"
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Everything And The Opposite

People can do what they can do. And so I wonder why we ask them to do everything.We should let them be, and flop and flounder and flail until they find out what they're good at.We should hire for attitude and train for technical skill.Domino's Pizza has a great ad out on TV now. It talks about their various bad ideas, and ends with a little brag about a pretty good one.(It's a chicken dish with cheese that kosher folks can't eat and so I will have to trust them.)Why, in workplace life, do we…See More
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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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Personal Branding As A Moral Enterprise

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 7:52am 0 Comments

When I started out as a brand consultant one of the most important mantras I heard was "Your brand is your promise." (The other was, "You have a brand whether you like it or not.")

In the commercial world, branding is clearly an activity undertaken for financial gain. Companies portray an image, hope to pay less for the image than what you take away from it, and pocket the difference between the two.

Personal branding is different. It is commonly thought of as…

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Why Government Branding is Necessary

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 1:03pm 0 Comments

Yesterday I gave a talk on branding in government at the July 2014 Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency Public and Media Communications Council meeting in Washington, DC. Here's a link to the playlist with some clips from the talk. As always, all opinions are my own.


 

How James Heller Became President

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 7:25am 0 Comments

He is not a real President of course. But as I watched the "24" season finale I learned much about what makes a person the kind of leader people would give their lives for.

Heller is not a technical expert. He's not a military guy. He isn't aggressive. In fact he's losing his mind to Alzheimer's. But he has the people's loyalty anyway. Here's why:

1) He delegates.

Heller does not pretend to know Jack Bauer's tradecraft (the ins and outs of…

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Aren't We Friends?

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 7:20pm 0 Comments

One of the most unethical things a person can do is pretend to be friends with another person, just to use them, gain unfair advantage, or even stab them in the back.

But it happens all the time - it's accepted - and it's even considered a career skill: "professional networking," "climbing the ladder," "learning how to play the political game."

I am fascinated and repulsed by this behavior. Fascinated because it's a skill, it works and it's tempting to want to…

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Who's Afraid of Performance Management?

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 8:39am 0 Comments

I've been in a couple of federal agencies where performance management was a hot topic and every manager was afraid to touch it for fear of a grievance.

I've been in meetings where the discussion focused on "rooting out the dead wood," and I said, what about recognizing the good wood and I got the look like, come on Dannielle, we all know that poor performance is the problem.

And the opposite, there were those meetings where everybody focused on how bad…

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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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