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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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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...

10 Ways To Empower Government Employees

February 10, 2016 Public servants have faced the threat of a government shutdown more than once. Though fortunately these were averted, the sensation of having your head on a chopping block (even if temporary) can leave you unsettled and afraid. But we can empower government employees to have more control over their (our)...

How To Become Compulsively Successful

February 3, 2016 Project management sucks. Anyone who's spent five minutes in a large organization knows this. But there are people who manage to get it done: on time, on budget, high quality. And it's not only because of the conventional wisdom about what we can rely on to make a project great:...

One Solid Way to Fail, But Not Fall, in 2016

January 21, 2016 I was thinking about the pressure we're all under walking back into the office after New Year's. Vacation is over, the resolutions are made and it feels like there are just so many of them: "Eat clean," "learn to construct a computer," "get my college degree," even "work hard and...

Abuse Survivors on the Job: Signs, Symptoms and How to Help

January 12, 2016 Maybe child abuse isn't such a problem. As of 2011, according to the Health and Human Services Department, there were 742,000 "confirmed cases of child maltreatment," which translates into about .1 percent of the child population. Of course "there are lies, damned lies and statistics" and the numbers depend on...

I Hate Meetings And They Stink

January 4, 2016 I have had this happen to me SO many times. I’m sitting in a meeting, and something is going on. Not something like an actual thing, but a tense, negative, or unproductive social dynamic between two people or within the group. I must be like The Terminator of sociology because...

What Government Can Learn From Apple Customer Service

December 23, 2015 To hear the horror stories circulating on Facebook, on some days it seems that everybody hates calling customer service. CustomerThink's Brian Smith rattles off the laundry list of annoyances: Waiting too long. Repeating the same information over and over again. Representatives who don't know what they're talking about. Of course,...