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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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Dannielle Blumenthal posted a blog post

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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Dannielle Blumenthal commented on Lucy Stratton's blog post 'Throwback Thursday: 10 Ways To Be The Buddha Of Productivity'
"Hi Lucy, just seeing this now. Thanks!  "
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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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Earl Rice commented on Dannielle Blumenthal's blog post '"Corrosive Culture" at the VA - 10 Lessons for the Rest of Us'
"And sadly, it's been that way for decades."
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"Corrosive Culture" at the VA - 10 Lessons for the Rest of Us

It is easy to point fingers when others screw up. In reality the problems at Veterans Affairs are fairly common, and the employees are highly dedicated and delivering a high quality of care. This presentation extracts 10 themes from the report prepared by President Obama's Deputy Chief of Staff about excessive wait times, in a way that enables consideration of similar themes by other agencies and organizations. * As always all opinions are my own.See More
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Dannielle Blumenthal commented on Sabrina H. DeLay's blog post '7 Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand'
"Nice. So you mentioned StrengthsFinder. It happens to be a wonderful tool. I really wasn't in the mood to take yet another personality test but if you have the patience to go through it, it is stunningly accurate. My results were something like…"
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"I love the story idea -- who doesn't work with seven dwarfs?"
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"Awesome. Really well said."
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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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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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How To Work Less & Be A Better Boss

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 12:51pm 0 Comments

Ever interested in personal & professional improvement I read two great articles in Inc. One was about saving time, and the other about becoming an "amazing boss." Thought to myself, this is definitely a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup situation, where the two go better…
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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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