In a recent post, we talked about why organizations should reexamine their Corporate Social Responsibility strategies to ensure they are authentic, meaningful, and resonant with employees. In this post, we share three ways to embed CSR efforts into your culture and sustain it over time.Read More
In the current climate, where issues of racial equity are driving a national conversation, many companies are reexamining their approaches to diversity and inclusion (D&I) and acknowledging the need to ensure their efforts are not merely superficial. In a recent episode of Shoff Chats, we facilitated a discussion led by Thresette Briggs and Brandi Davis-Handy around the idea of belonging as one strategy for more authentically and meaningfully advancing D&I initiatives, and the role of communicators and business leaders in these efforts. Here are three key learnings from our chat:Read More
Most companies recognize the value of being a good corporate citizen and commit to corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities through volunteer programs, corporate and employee giving, environmental initiatives and a commitment to ethical labor practices. The smartest companies are those that also use CSR programs as an opportunity to enhance employee engagement, recognizing the two areas are highly interconnected.Read More
As recent as a few weeks ago, we were still talking about going “back to normal.” But as we’ve learned and observed alongside our clients and our own staff, it’s obvious that work life and culture as we know it have been forever changed. We will “go back,” just not to normal.Read More
Is it possible to plan for a pandemic? A few months ago, I would’ve answered this question differently than I would today. As experts in crisis planning and communication, we have always had a robust plan of our own if a crisis should strike. When we moved to our new office in 2017, we needed to update the plan and decided to add pandemic protocols. I must admit at the time, I didn’t think we’d ever have to activate this section. Then, COVID-19 happened. And just like every business, our plan went into action.Read More
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing is nothing.” – Teddy Roosevelt In this time of almost unprecedented global crisis, I have been consistently amazed at the creative responses coming from individuals, companies, organizations and communities. When the going got tough, lots of people got going in ways that weren’t predictable.Read More
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Five years ago, I was invited to join Borshoff’s ownership group. While I had managed teams and been a “boss” before this point, becoming an owner caused a major shift in my responsibility. Each year I was less involved in “doing the work” and more involved in leading the teams that do the work. As I struggled to focus more on people, one of the best books I could have read was Radical Candor by Kim Scott. Scott taught me what good feedback looks like and how to deliver it effectively. But the real gift is that she taught me what being a boss is really all about.
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I was heading to Portland, OR for Hood to Coast, a 199-mile relay race, when I realized I was flying across the country to do two things that exhaust me – run and meet new people. In addition to running, I was joining 11 strangers for two days, spending many sweaty hours together in a van.
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