The essence of business is competition, inspiration and hard work. The results of Harvard Business School will be seen in 20 years when these students are running global companies.
In Clayton Christensen’s new book, the Harvard Business School professor offers profound advice about priorities; specifically about the importance of investing in family, about living a life of integrity and having metrics that make it easier to make the right decisions.
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I met with Mark Walton, a top executive at the Africa Channel, this morning in New York City. The Africa Channel was launched into the US cable market in the fall of 2005 by a journalist from Zimbabwe, James Makawa, working with Ambassador Andrew Young and former US Senator Donald Stewart. It is now seen [...]
I had a meeting today with Edelman Digital’s Craig Kronenberger, who has experience at iCrossing and Digitas, plus three stints as an entrepreneur. My topic was search as a PR strategy. We have actually put search in the middle of our media cloverleaf (Mainstream, Hybrid, Social, Owned). Here are a few of the important points [...]
How do you know that what you are reading is actually true? That’s the objective of the most popular course at Stony Brook University, “News Literacy,” created by former Newsday editor Howard Schneider. Note that roughly half of the students at Stony Brook take this course during their four years at school, and explores ‘the [...]
Here’s a real-life communications challenge, and it involves my own company – Edelman. I had to address our leadership team in London last Monday and needed to find a way to manage the following set of facts. Edelman ascended to the top of the PR firm rankings in 2010, according to both PR Week and [...]
I just finished my address to PRSA’s national leadership conference in New York City. I congratulated Rosanna Fiske, the president of PRSA, both before the breakfast and during my speech for her outspoken advocacy of the proper way to practice PR in the wake of the recent BM-Facebook controversy. I also told the attendees that [...]
It has been 33 years since I walked into Edelman Chicago as an account executive. I wanted to share a few of my observations on how to manage a family business in today’s more complex environment: Family Hold-Back—Just as around the dinner table, make sure your guests hey are fed first. In our company, we [...]
I have just returned from a two day trip to Moscow. I met with NGOs, editors of top media, a state-owned investment fund, and PR people from both Russian and multinational companies. Here are a few of my observations: The Crisis Is Over, the Trust Hangover Continues—Much as in the US or UK, there is [...]
Here’s a video of my remarks:Good morning, graduates and parents. I am honored to be the first PR person asked to make this Convocation address since the school was founded in 1964. I am a PR man, but I come from a family of journalists. So, PR or journalism, I know where most of you [...]
I am addressing the graduating class (and their parents, siblings) of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University on Saturday as the convocation speaker. I have always wanted to play at the Carrier Dome. But, with my limited (but high intensity) basketball skills, this speaking gig is clearly my only opportunity to [...]