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Advancing Women in Leadership

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In my first-ever video blog, Lisa and I speak about GWEN, the opportunities and challenges for women in the industry, what we as leaders need to do to create an environment that encourages women to lead and succeed.

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It’s Hard to Let Go

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I was on a panel on Tuesday in Washington D.C. for communications professionals from the National Institutes of Health. They wanted to know how they operate in an environment where media authority is dispersed, confidence in government as a trusted source has declined and respect for science is profoundly diminished. One source of communicator frustration […]

Update on BBC.com

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I had breakfast this morning in London with Richard Sambrook, who has been charged with making BBC.com a major player among web based news providers. Here is an update on the progress of the BBC in the online space: 1) We have integrated all of our newsrooms, from radio to TV to web. Our theory […]

Open Season

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I am just back from vacation and was sent a link to Jason Calacanis’ monomaniacal riff in his subscriber based email on the shortcomings of PR people, titled, “How to Get PR for Your Startup; Fire Your PR Company.” Captain Ahab has nothing on Mr. Calacanis. Catch a few of his choicest cuts from the […]

The Wisdom of Negativity

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The Democratic and Republican conventions are upon us. In that context, I asked a few political experts about the wisdom of negative marketing, for candidates and for business. I had dinner on Monday night with John Quelch, Professor of Marketing at Harvard Business School. John has just completed a book titled, The Greater Good; How […]

A Decent Politician

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In the past few months, it has become even more evident that public confidence in Western governments has waned to record lows, with approval ratings for leaders such as Bush, Merkel, Brown and Sarkozy hovering in the low 20s. Doug Schoen, a leading political consultant (disclosure: periodically consultants with Edelman), writes in his new book […]

Business Up North

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I was interviewed on Tuesday by Amanda Lang, anchor woman for the Squeeze Play show on Business News Network in Canada. Click here to view the segment. Here is what I learned about the network in the course of my pre-interview make-up session (must admit it is fun asking journalists a few questions about their […]

US Media Goes Global

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I had breakfast this week with Michael Elliott, who runs the four regional editions of TIME Magazine (Asia, Europe, Canada, Australia/NZ). I also had dinner last Friday with Graham Bowley, who runs the foreign desk at the New York Times. Both of these long standing pillars of mainstream media are capitalizing on the recent rise […]

Industry Leaders

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I recently sat down with Doug Simon, President of DS Simon Productions, as part of a series of conversations he is having with “Industry Leaders.”

BANANA and Other Little Known Truths: The Fortune Brainstorm on Technology

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I am returning from the Fortune Brainstorm on Technology at Half Moon Bay, California. The general mood was upbeat, with large and small companies reporting good customer demand and ambitious new product pipelines. The technology sector is now playing in so many more sectors, from energy and environment to health (nanotechnology) to Web 2.0 applications […]

Serious Works

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I had lunch on Tuesday with Jim Hoge, editor of Foreign Affairs, the monthly review of foreign policy issues published by the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. The headline from the lunch is that the serious minded readers of this publication are growing in number and are engaging with both print and […]

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