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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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How to Restore Public Trust in Government, Without Paying a Single Cent

August 3, 2015 More than three out of four Americans don't trust the federal government. In 2014, only 24 percent of Americans said they trusted the government to do what's right "always or most of the time." Sixty years ago, in 1964, that figure was more than 50 percentage points higher -- 77%....

Only Superheroes Need Apply

July 14, 2015 I was talking with a friend over the weekend about her anniversary plans. "You doing anything nice?" Really I was just making conversation. What with jobs, kids and errands, not to mention watching the money, most couples don't do the splurge. "No, not really," she said, as expected. My friend...

The #1 Dysfunction Preventing Wise Investment in Employee Engagement

July 7, 2015 You say you are bothered by the fact that employees are "checked out." You claim you want them to innovate. You discuss over and over the fact that they just seem to sit there, taking up space, not doing nearly as much as they could or should. But what, exactly,...

Branding: 5 Lessons to Get Your Federal Startup Off the Ground

June 30, 2015 Since November 2014, I've been working to brand a public-private government initiative called the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. The NNMI is a collection of advanced manufacturing technology R&D institutes, each focused on a particular technology. The term "advanced manufacturing" means new and improved materials, made in new and improved...

10 Fears About Employees Collaborating on Social Intranets

June 8, 2015 I am not suggesting that the following concerns about social intranets in the workplace are right or wrong, only that they represent the kinds of things people say. I am also not suggesting that having concerns is inherently a bad thing. In every single organization I have worked for, some...

Colliding With the Third Rail

May 18, 2015 It is the classic dilemma of a corporate mouthpiece: The client doesn't want to talk: Crisis? "Let's wait for the lawyers." Bad news? "It'll blow over." Gossip? "Just ignore that." The underlying assumption is always the same, too: "If you give them any attention, you're only legitimizing their argument." Recently...

5 Productivity Secrets Your Boss Won't Tell You

May 6, 2015 When you're first starting out in your career, it's easy to think that your job consists of "what my boss tells me to do," followed closely by "how my boss tells me to do it." But after 15 years of study, practice and mostly observation, I've concluded that the most...

The 10 Essential Tasks of a Knowledge Manager

May 1, 2015 Nobody wants to think about knowledge management, but everybody needs it. Here are the basic things an organization should have covered as part of its KM system. 1. Establishing an information architecture for multiple user groups, permission levels, and knowledge sharing environments. 2. Maintaining the architecture, adding and removing people...

20 Lessons Learned From Great Federal Managers

April 22, 2015 It occurs to me that I shouldn’t be giving away all my secrets. But I am betting that a rising tide lifts all ships. So that my doing so will show I am a valuable asset by being selfless and helpful. That’s lesson 1. Here are the rest: 2. Travel...

The Evolution of Your Professional Self on Social Media

April 13, 2015 Here are two facts about life in 2015 that you may or may not like, depending on your familiarity with and attitudes toward social media. And your beliefs about what the term "professional" means. The first is that you are you, always you, no matter where you are. There you...