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Earning the Right to Innovate

Earning the Right to Innovate

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The important insight for companies seeking to implement innovative technologies is that the traditional game plan used for the past decade will not work.

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How To Mobilize The New Players on the Field

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I had another in my series of conversations with Paul Saffo last week. For those who might not remember, Paul and I rowed freshman crew together at college. Our recollection is something like the scene from Ben Hur, with Charleton Heston pulling on the oar with the other slaves. Back to the subject…how to energize […]

Serious Case of Malpractice

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It had to happen some time. An account person from GCI (one of Edelman’s competitors) has unleashed a gratuitous attack on Jeff Jarvis, the widely-read blogger, in a comment on Jarvis’ blog. Why is this comment so wrong? First, the comment is personal, not substantive. Jarvis is alleged to not have a life and is […]

Get Back Onto the Field

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Your faithful blogger took a week off..yes that meant freedom from the blackberry and even from my blog. I can give you one very funny line from a restaurant wall in Monterrey, California, from the golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez, “I never exaggerate, I just remember big.” I also want to tell you how pleased I […]

Sir Martin, Tear Down That Wall

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Almost 25 years ago, President Ronald Reagan visited Berlin and issued a challenge to the Russian leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. Making a speech on the western side of the Berlin Wall that divided the city, he said,”Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” In short, let freedom reign. Now Sir Martin Sorrell is seeking to turn back […]

Inward Investment and National Security: A PR Issue?

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I attended a roundtable at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City yesterday morning. Speakers included former US Government officials such as William Reinsch and Patrick Mulloy and Prof. Ken Lieberthal from University of Michigan Business School. Key points from the session: 1) The Regulatory Framework–The US was open to foreign investment for […]

Some Good Advice for CEOs

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I have just finished Joe Klein’s new book, Politics Lost, or How American Democracy Was Trivialized By People Who Think You’re Stupid. There are important lessons in this treatise on the last 60 years of American politics, particularly the excessive influence of political “handlers” whose obsession with polling data and cautious wordsmithing has removed the […]

Why Bother?

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I addressed a Public Relations Society of America conference on Friday on the need to adapt PR practice to the new media environment. I got a question from an attendee that went something like this. “Why do you bother to speak out so bluntly about our business? Aren’t you afraid of the negative consequences to […]

The Fork in the Road

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Alex Jones, press and public policy director of the Shorenstein Center at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, delivered an impassioned plea to the PR industry’s most senior executives at the PR Seminar’s annual confab last Thursday. He suggested that the future of “accountability news” is very much in doubt in the pure […]

The Edelman Technorati Deal; Why This Matters for Companies.

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Although Technorati is best known as the most comprehensive service for searching blogs — they currently index over 40 million of them — the company also provides the best analytic tools for tracking over time and in depth what the blogosphere is talking about. Until now, those tools have only been available in English and […]

Germany Redux

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You may recall my post on Germany after my recent trip to the country. I just received a package from Invest in Germany, an investment arm of the Government. It so amazed me that I had to blog about it. The cover is a drawing of flowers in the colors of the country (black, yellow, […]

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