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Dannielle Blumenthal

Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

Dannielle Blumenthal, Ph.D., is a federal communicator with 20 years' experience in the private sector, academia and government. Best known for her work on branding, Dr. Blumenthal now focuses on the discipline of management, particularly the intersections between identity, culture and communication. She has lectured at a variety of schools including The George Washington University and the University of Maryland University College. In her spare time she is an independent community activist, focused primarily on raising awareness about child sexual abuse and domestic violence. All opinions are her own.

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Why You Should Squash the Urge to Quash Those Who Disagree

July 29, 2016 In recent months I've had to de-friend a number of people on Facebook. I enjoy hearing diverse views but it has degenerated to this: "Well I know where you get your news." "The fact that you could even say that means you aren't worth debating." "You need help." "That comment...

To Restore Trust In Government, Empower Federal Communicators

July 25, 2016 An October 2013 survey by the Pew Research Center for U.S. Politics & Policy found that most Americans (62 percent) had a positive view of federal workers, and a majority had a positive view of the federal agencies they were asked about. But few (19 percent) trusted the government itself...

Please Do Not Tell Me That You Are Colorblind

July 18, 2016 "Here in North Carolina’s third-largest city, officers pulled over African-American drivers for traffic violations at a rate far out of proportion with their share of the local driving population. They used their discretion to search black drivers or their cars more than twice as often as white motorists — even...

Reinventing Management, Again

July 8, 2016 In 1994, Peter Drucker gave a lecture to government employees called “Reinventing Government: The Next Phase.” (The Drucker Lectures, 2010) In it, he commented on the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, earlier known as the National Performance Review and commonly known as NPR. This was a governmentwide management reform initiative...

How to Field Questions From the Public Like a Pro

June 29, 2016 No matter where you work, you will at some point have to answer questions from the public. It might be an employee, a journalist, a customer, or even a member of Congress. Now this may sound obvious, but most of the time people have better things to do than sit...

Slow Down: You're Probably Screwing Up

June 24, 2016 I did this crazy thing the other day. It was so out of character. I went to the library. They had a shelf called "great reads." I went over to it and ran my hand along the modest beat-up walnut. One book stood out. It was old, but I'd always...

Why Top Executives Keep Employees in The Dark

June 7, 2016 Have you ever noticed that most organizations don't spend a lot of time telling you how they get things done? Typically, very little information is available explicitly: Our management guru of choice: Is it Steve Jobs, Jack Welch, Tom Peters, Peter Drucker, or someone else? What books do we read,...

Your Subordinates Know More About You Than You Know

June 2, 2016 I know you only by the way you treat me, nothing else. I'm not listening to most of what you say. You asked me to find the core values brochure. It's in the closet, buried under pens and colored folders and paper clips. Here's how I know what you care...

Managers Need to Edit Themselves Before Taking On Subordinates

May 31, 2016 Once there was this senior executive—okay, he was the head of my huge law enforcement agency—who really, really took writing to heart. Every month I gave him a draft column for the magazine. And every month he sent it back to me (I could almost hear him huffing and puffing)...

Stop Pretending Your Colleagues Are Your Family

May 24, 2016 "It's a funny thing at this agency," she said. "You've got to be reaaaallllly careful who you talk to. Those people you see every day at work, they have friends you don't see. You catch my drift?" "No." I felt completely stupid. Was she talking about the Mafia? My friend...