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About Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson is the Director of Communications and Technology for The Urban Child Institute (tuci.org), a not-for-profit dedicated to improving the development and well-being of children. He is also a marketing and business strategy consultant for small businesses and writes regularly about Leadership, Communication and Marketing on his blog, scottkwilson.com.
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Enlightened Leaders

Great leaders are often thought to be ultra-outgoing firebrands that burn the candle at both ends and postpone sleep until they are dead. While many of these leaders are highly motivated and driven to succeed, few are all-in all the time. For starters, we weren’t created to run at that pace for long periods of […]

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Leadership Styles Infographic

You know I love infographics. This one created by Kelly Services on leadership styles is nicely done and confirms what almost everyone in the developed world knows. Authoritarian leaders create terrible work environments (and workplace happiness matters!) and are generally ineffective and disliked. Seems the Europeans dislike authoritarian leadership styles as well and, unfortunately, seem to have […]

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Know Your Audience – Communication Segmentation

I once bought a tool that claimed to replace 7 other commonly used tools in my shop. It was a bold and audacious statement but it must have been true because they printed it right there on the box. What could be a better value? With this one reasonable purchase I could replace several other tools, […]

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5 Ways To Make Your Strategic Communications Plan Fail

Every organization needs a strong Strategic Communications Plan. This plan should exist as a living document that is dynamic in nature. You can learn more about the concept here. The list of how a Strategic Communications Plan impact an organization is almost endless. THE PLAN CONTRIBUTES TO A LOT OF AREAS This Plan should (just […]

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How To Sound Dumber Without Even Trying

Are you a sesquipedalian? I hope not. But if you are, stop it right now. WHAT IS A SESQUIPEDALIAN? A sesquipedalian is someone who is “given to or characterized by the use of long words.” We’ve all come across them. They are usually people who value intellect above all else and feel the need to show proof that […]

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The Wrong Way To Try To Control The Media

A lighthearted post today. If you’ve spent any time at all in communications you have, at one time or another, tried to control your organization’s story being reported by the media. This is tricky and few are completely successful but there are a few standard rules that always apply: You are there to delivery YOUR message […]

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5 Traits Of A Leader That Will Set You Apart

“Leader” is not a title, it is a state of being. Peter Drucker says “The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers.” So if “leader” is less about position and more about personality, are leaders born or made? Honestly, it may be some combination of both but in my experience, there are far […]

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7 Ways To Give Good Feedback

Feedback is one of the basic elements of effective communication. But do we always offer criticism in the best way possible? Courtney Seiter’s recent article in Fast Company gives us some insight into The Art And Science Of Giving And Receiving Criticism At Work. Great news for those out there who are thin-skinned and/or less […]

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Your State Of Mind Influences Your Productivity

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, authors Alexander Caillet, Jeremy Hirshberg, and Stefano Petti describe their findings on how leaders around the world manage their state of mind. They have surveyed and interviewed over 740 leaders to date and this is what they found: Your state of mind matters. YOUR STATE OF MIND MATTERS Ok, […]

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Innovation Requires Strong Leadership

In a recent article on Inc.com, Patrick Lencioni writes about the importance of Leadership in the innovation space. He cites three things as important for leading in a fast-paced, innovative environment: THREE ELEMENTS FOR LEADING INNOVATION Trust – Trust is the foundation for innovation in any work environment. This is essential for the next one. […]

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