Arment Dietrich

Have Skills Gaps Become the New Normal?

By: Arment Dietrich | March 13, 2013 | 
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Today’s guest post is by Allen Mireles. Google the phrase “skills  gaps” and you come up with enough reading material to keep you busy for hours. And it’s not all happy news. Industries ranging from manufacturing and construction to IT and technology are expressing grave concerns about their abilities to find talent with the required skills to fill available jobs. According to a report published by [&hellip... Read More
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Make Your Network Go Viral: Eight Tips for Networking Success

By: Guest | March 7, 2013 | 
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Today’s guest post is by Kate Finley. Growth. Reach. Influence. Connections. Likes. Views. Followers. Subscribers. Fans. Brand Ambassadors. These are examples of tools we use to report and measure success for our brands, clients, and bosses. But what about your own network? How do you measure your influence? And how can you make your network go viral? Is it in the numbers? While the significance or [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

To Sell is Human: A Communicator’s View on New Business

By: Gini Dietrich | March 7, 2013 | 
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After I’d been at Fleishman-Hillard for a couple of years, I had three promotions under my belt and was already eyeing the corner office (some things never change). Because I was so steadily climbing the corporate ladder, I was soon invited into new business meetings where my presentation skills were honed, I was taught to think on my feet, and I was forced to stop biting [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Can Technology Replace In-Person Meetings?

By: Gini Dietrich | March 5, 2013 | 
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During our Inside PR recording last week, Joe Thornley, Martin Waxman, and I had a very lively conversation about the Yahoo! memo. Joe and I are both business owners with employees. He has two offices – Toronto and Ottawa – and I have a completely virtual organization with people spread across the United States and Canada. We talked about the idea the Yahoo! executive team has [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Shut Up: How Great Leaders Listen

By: Gini Dietrich | March 4, 2013 | 
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Last week, Jon Stow wrote an interesting blog post called, “Communicating with Our Employees and Colleagues.” In it, he talked about the importance of having conversations, not dictatorships, with the people on your team. Part of that discussion was the Yahoo! memo that was leaked to the media. But the underlying message? You can’t just talk. You have to listen. Some of the world’s very best [&hellip... Read More
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Business Tips from the World of Stand-Up Comedy

By: Guest | February 28, 2013 | 
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Today’s guest post is by Susan Murphy.  I am really fortunate in my line of work that I get to participate in some incredibly rewarding projects with outstanding people. Most recently, I was thrust into the world of stand-up comedy, as I volunteered for the Cracking-Up the Capital Comedy Festival. This four-day festival brought together some of Canada’s top comedic talent, all with a goal to support [&hellip... Read More
Arment Dietrich

Five Tips (and Some Tools) to Manage Information Overload

By: Arment Dietrich | February 27, 2013 | 
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Today’s guest post is by Allen Mireles. How do you manage information overload? We’ve all been there and some of us are are still there. You know, that point in time where you realize you are staring blankly at the computer screen and simply not taking in what you’re reading or watching. Or that moment, in the middle of the night, when you find yourself trying to [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Yahoo! Letter: Was Their Communications Team Consulted?

By: Gini Dietrich | February 25, 2013 | 
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By now, many of you have likely seen (and had some emotion about) the letter that was sent to Yahoo! employees regarding their new policy about no more remote work. In my Facebook stream, emotions ran from: Marissa Mayer is setting back women 20 years or many defiling her use of “easy baby” because she has lots of help with her newborn to the company probably [&hellip... Read More
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Women’s Equality: It Starts with Us or it Stays an Illusion

By: Gini Dietrich | February 21, 2013 | 
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A couple of weeks ago, Sam Fiorella wrote an interesting blog post called, “Under-Representation of Women in Corporate and Political Offices.” In it, he discusses how women make up more than half the population in the United States and comprise nearly 47 percent of the jobs, yet less than 20 percent hold executive seats in either boardrooms or political offices. When I commented on the post, [&hellip... Read More
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Office Life: Google Hits it Out of the Park

By: Guest | February 5, 2013 | 
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Today’s guest post is by Ralph Dopping.  When you think of Google, the last thing you probably consider is how their office space looks. We have all heard about the crazy stuff they do for their people. I had an opportunity to tour their new Toronto offices recently and got a firsthand peek behind the curtain. As of today, Google has approximately 53,546 employees. That’s a jump [&hellip... Read More