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.
Here you have a demand for less regulation while CEOs suggest that enforcement of the new regulations has restored trust; this is a baffling logic problem.
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I spoke with Jeff Levick, President, Global Advertising and Strategy for AOL, this morning. I wanted his view on how the new strategy for AOL would affect PR people and their clients. Levick told me that one reason he left Google for AOL because “there is an opportunity to start sites in niche areas of [...]
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The Sunday New York Times article on public relations, titled “Spinning the Web; PR in Silicon Valley,” reinforces every stereotype about our industry and undermines our ability to make the case for our role as a serious advisor on both policy and communications. This story of a charming and immaculately connected publicist (disclosure: a former [...]
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