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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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Five Ways To Be A Clueless Manager

May 11, 2016 Your job is to get the work done, partially on your own but mostly through leveraging the talent of other people. Here's where you may be screwing up (and nobody's going stick their neck out and tell you): You don't understand your job very well. It's not about keeping the...

Why Most Training Doesn't Work

May 6, 2016 We spend a lot of money on training. Most of the time, that money is wasted. Let's start with the conferences, retreats, and weekends out of town. This includes Ted Talks, SXSW and all that other good stuff. Mostly it's a lot of crap from an actual learning perspective. Because...

When a Shortcut Means Shortchanging Yourself

May 2, 2016 There in the corner of my childhood kitchen in New Jersey sat a small, nondescript plywood shelf virtually stuffed with oddly shaped purple boxes. The boxes contained a magical potion called the Cookie Diet, and when I was growing up in New Jersey we sold a ton of them. Do...

How to Call Out a Jerk at Work

April 25, 2016 I once asked my boss how he dealt so well with difficult people. "I just think to myself, no matter how they scowl at me, I should not take it personally. Most likely they are having a very bad day." To which I responded, "But when is it enough?" "What...

Stop Complaining About Your Indecisive Boss

April 21, 2016 It is one of the biggest frustrations people have with the government, with the workplace, with their loved ones, significant others and even with themselves—the inability to simply make a decision: "I do not understand how they can sit and sit and sit on that legislation." "I wrote that article...

How Poor Communication Fosters Distrust in Government

April 19, 2016 People nowadays don't trust the government. Maybe you think they shouldn't trust the government. Frankly, sometimes I don't trust the government. And sometimes, unfortunately, that mistrust is well-placed. (Just pick up any newspaper.) Most of the time, though, we government employees are a pretty decent bunch. Hardworking, honest, and we...

Branding is for Bubble Brains

April 1, 2016 There’s a new term of art in branding: "Brandcuffs." It sounds like some sort of adult toy. I had to look this up. Turns out that "brandcuffs" are a restrictive style guide, so strict they don't allow any wiggle room when it comes to conveying the brand. The point of...

5 Telltale Signs Your Office Culture Is a Problem

March 29, 2016 Think of corporate culture as the human spine. If it's well-formed and agile, it supports the body well over time; if it's bent out of shape inside, the body winds up in enormous and constant pain.Unfortunately, when an organization is misaligned, the pain is felt not only companywide but also...

Do You Really Know Who You're Dealing With?

February 24, 2016 I accepted a new position last week that will involve, once again, being a supervisor. I've been preparing for the role by asking seasoned managers for their input on how to hit the ground running, and for 360 degree type feedback about their perceptions of me at work. You can...

For a Successful Federal Career, You'll Need These 5 Things

February 18, 2016 Joining the federal government in 2003 was the cultural equivalent of sticking my finger into a light socket. It was a land where certain phrases -- like "efficiency and effectiveness" -- had almost magical inspirational powers. Anything that had those words in the mission statement was good; today the equivalent...