IABC Guest Speaker Webinar Series – Stacy Aaron – Change Guides

“The only constant is change.”stacy_aaron

Register to participate in this event. 

Please join us on Wednesday, July 23 from 4-5 p.m. for a webinar to learn ways to manage change in your organization. Stacy Aaron from Change Guides, LLC will provide an overview of the Eight Constant of Change and tips you can use in your daily work, enhancing your communication skill set.

Stacy Aaron is a founding Partner with the management consulting firm Change Guides. Stacy and her partner, Kate Nelson, started the company in 2005. She is a co-author of two popular books on organizational change management, The Change Management Pocket Guide and The Eight Constants of Change. Stacy has spoken at conferences such as Lean and Six Sigma 2013, Building Business Capability 2012, World Conference on Quality 2012 and 2010 Ohio Society for Human Resource Management.

Before starting Change Guides, Stacy helped develop and lead the Change Leadership practice at Deloitte Consulting. Both at Deloitte and at Change Guides, she helped create proprietary Change Management methodologies and tools used by thousands of business people who drive change within their organizations.

Her clients range from family run to billion dollar global businesses. She helps her clients implement strategic and operational changes through a people strategy focused on effective communication, stakeholder engagement, leadership alignment and reinforcement.

Register to participate in this event.  We will send dial in details to all registered participants.  We look forward to having you participate in our events.

CW Feature Article – Leadership IQ Research Shows the Value of More Face-time

From Communication World Magazine – By Natasha Nicholson

face to faceAccording to a new study “Optimal Hours with the Boss” from Leadership IQ, most people spend only half the time they should be spending with their boss. People who do spend an optimal number of hours interacting with their direct leader (six hours per week) are 29% more inspired, 30% more engaged, 16% more innovative and 15% more intrinsically motivated than those who spend only one hour per week.

However, it turns out that there can be too much of a good thing. When people spend more than six hours per week interacting with their leader, diminishing returns are shown in terms of building inspiration, engagement and motivation.  While there may be other benefits to interacting with one’s leader more than 6 hours per week, this study shows levels of inspiration or engagement remain the same or declinedbeyond 6 hours of interaction.  The only exception to this is seen in innovation, which shows spikes at 11-15 hours, and again at 20+ hours spent with their leader.

See fully story at CW online.

Get a Recap of the 2014 IABC World Conference Online

Didn’t make it to this year’s World Conference?

IABC has a recap of conference events plus brief audio presentations from several speakers available online.  Listen now to brief audio previews and short interviews from many of our featured presenters to get a flavor of the topics covered during this year’s event:

If you can’t wait until next year’s World Conference, sign up for the Southern Region Conference scheduled for October 2014.

GAP VIII reveals PR and communication are important contributors to organizational success

Findings from the eighth edition of the Communication and Public Relations Generally Accepted Practices study (GAP VIII) are now available. The study is conducted by the USC Annenberg Strategic Communication and Public Relations Center in partnership with IABC, PRSA, IPR and the Arthur Page Society, and is the largest study of senior-level PR/communication practitioners in the U.S.GAP

Among this year’s key findings are that PR and communication are increasingly seen as strategic contributors to their organizations:

  • Forty percent of respondents report that PR/communication plays an active role in organizational strategic planning, while 15 percent disagree.
  • Fifty-nine percent agree that recommendations from PR/communications are taken seriously by senior management, while 9 percent disagree.
  • Forty-four percent agree that their senior leadership believes PR/communication contributes to financial success, while only 6 percent disagree.

Organizations in which PR and communication are involved in strategic planning are more likely to have better external reputations and be described positively with words like “successful,” “innovative” and “proactive.”

For more insights, including the latest trends for communication budgets and staff sizes, read the complete report.

2014 Professional Development Series Launched

online_comm_2013The June 2014 chapter meeting launched the first of a new format of events for the Tampa Bay IABC chapter.  Focused on professional development for our members, the new calendar is rich with opportunities to learn from other professionals in the field, share communication best practices and seek input from others.

The overall strategic direction and content selection for the chapter events were based on the results of the professional development survey published last month.

All events are published on the new IABC Tampa Bay website.  Be sure to mark your calendars for each event.  Registration details will be available closer to when each event occurs.

crystal coovertMember Feature Launched with Crystal Coovert

Part of the new format includes a brief overview and discussion from an IABC member.  Crystal Coovert, director of corporate communications for TECO Energy kicked off this series at the June meeting.  Coovert’s career has spanned multiple industries including banking, high tech marketing and the energy sector.  Her talk focused on thoughts and learning on career progression in the field.  She recently returned to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area to lead Tampa Electric’s corporate communications efforts.

2014 Professional Development Calendar Underway

The calendar below provides a brief overview of upcoming professional development events outlined for the remainder of the 2014 calendar year.  All members and guests are encouraged to participate in the discussions and networking opportunities.  More details are available on the IABC Tampa Bay events webpage.

Date Time Event Speaker Topic Venue
Wednesday, July 23 4:00-5:00 p.m. Guest Speaker Webinar Stacy Aaron, Change Guides Change management Webinar
Wednesday, August 13 3:00-4:00 p.m. IABC Chapter Update & Get to Know Members Board + 2 members Updates from the board and member feature Webinar
Tuesday, September 16 11:00-1:30 p.m. Face-to-Face Guest Speaker Luncheon Cynthia Kay from Cynthia Kay Productions Finding your company voiceBig ideas lead to big results TBD by Westshore/ Rocky Point area
Wednesday, October 8 3:00-4:00 p.m. Guest Speaker Webinar TBD Focus will be either on presentations tips or measurement Webinar
Wednesday, November 12 6:00-8:00 p.m. Face-to-Face Networking Social n/a n/a TBD by Westshore
Wednesday, December 10 3:00-4:00 p.m. IABC Chapter Update & Get to Know Members Board + 2 members Updates from the board and get to know two membersSneak peak into 2015 calendar Webinar