Archive for July, 2010

Is Communication Music to the Ears?

Is Communication Music to the Ears?

I feel lost if I don’t have music with me. No matter where I fly, drive or walk, I am not quite myself unless I can plug in to my favorite tunes, savor the special lyrics. Regardless how much I hear a song, or replay a playlist, my reaction is the same: thank goodness technology […]

What Did Wikileaks Hope to Accomplish?

What Did Wikileaks Hope to Accomplish?

A former government employee releases classified documents detailing a country’s challenges in an unpopular war. Thirty nine years ago, when a former Defense Department researcher named Daniel Ellsberg released a collection of documents popularly known as The Pentagon Papers he set off a national firestorm that ultimately contributed to the downfall of a US President. […]

What's the Undercover Boss Up To?

What’s the Undercover Boss Up To?

What’s your take on the Undercover Boss? Is this latest installment in the U.S. reality show craze a serious examination of business issues or one step above The Bachelor in serious content? Is this hybrid between Extreme Home Makeover and The Apprentice an opportunity to candidly discuss employee engagement or a publicity opportunity for business […]

A CEO's Lapse: It Only Takes a Moment

A CEO’s Lapse: It Only Takes a Moment

He may, in the end, be remembered for one sentence. “There’s no one who wants this thing over more than I do, I’d like my life back.” With those few words heard on The Today Show in the US, Tony Hayward, the soon-to-depart CEO of BP, captured a moment in time that public memory may […]

Remembering Daniel Schorr

Remembering Daniel Schorr

Any of us who write or think about what happens in the world owes a lot to veteran journalist Daniel Schorr who died Friday at age 93. For many, Schorr was, most recently, a voice of caution on NPR’s Weekend Edition and All Things Considered where he spent his final years as a working journalist. […]

How Entertaining is Communications This Week?

How Entertaining is Communications This Week?

I love movies. I love watching them, writing about them and sharing my opinions about them with my friends and my family. I also think, at times, watching the movies can be a lot like being in the communication profession. Movies are about engagement, narrative and action. Sometimes, in fact, I say that everything I […]

Once Again, a Politician Learns a New Media Lesson

Once Again, a Politician Learns a New Media Lesson

When I started this blog a couple of weeks ago I wondered if the world would provide enough material for a daily communication lesson. It does. In our first two weeks, the follies of those who underestimate the power of new media have been more than enough to talk about. We learn a great deal […]

What Do You Think of E-Books?

What Do You Think of E-Books?

Is anyone surprised by the announcement this week from Amazon that, for the first time, customers are buying more e-books than hardcover books? Does this milestone indicate a fundamental shift in how people want to read? Or is it a response to the popularity of e-reader devices? And what may be the long-term impact of […]

What is the Value of a Professional Association?

What is the Value of a Professional Association?

Sean Williams posts a very interesting question in his blog. What is the value of a professional association to communicators now that so much other content is available, online, free of charge? Do the networking opportunities justify the dues? Or are there other reasons to participate? And what are the associations supporting the communication profession […]

What Can We Learn from Steve Jobs?

What Can We Learn from Steve Jobs?

Steve Jobs could be a great teacher. I have no idea if he wants to teach but I know communicators can learn a lot from how he handles his most important public appearances and Apple’s most delicate issues. He is, simply, himself. No matter the occasion, the same Steve Jobs appears, usually dressed in a […]

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