Archive for November, 2010

What Must We Learn from WikiLeaks?

What Must We Learn from WikiLeaks?

Not since Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers in 1971 have the secrets and lies of diplomats been so unceremoniously revealed to the public as the latest release of confidential cables by WikiLeaks. In that long-ago era – when the evening news dominated national sentiment – the unauthorized disclosure of state secrets set off a […]

What if Employees Can't Talk at Work? Should They Post on Facebook?

What if Employees Can’t Talk at Work? Should They Post on Facebook?

We all know that a post on Facebook is as private as a news headline; anything said online is in the public domain; and that it’s foolish to believe a social medium is confidential. Still it’s surprising to hear when an employee gets upset at work, wants to tell her friends and, because this is […]

What About Branded News Media?

What About Branded News Media?

A double standard seems to haunt the hallways of MSNBC. Management must, on one hand, like how branding the cable network as a voice for liberal, progressive thought has significantly increased ratings. But a storm erupted when anchor Keith Olbermann was suspended for violating a company policy that prohibits employees from making personal contributions to political […]

Obama: Five More Lessons for Leaders

Obama: Five More Lessons for Leaders

What happens when leaders stop giving people reasons to listen? The US election may be over but President Obama continues to teach, by example, important communication lessons for leaders. In response to the results of Tuesday’s vote, the President – in his approach and words – offers essential communiation insight for leaders who may risk […]

So Long, Pontiac, It's Been a Great Ride

So Long, Pontiac, It’s Been a Great Ride

I loved my Pontiacs. They were sleek, sturdy and kind of sassy, with their bright emblems, “wide track” ride and luxurious interiors. While Buick and Cadillac were for “oldsters,” Pontiac was (what I thought at the time) the upscale brand for “gonna-be-somedays”. And I loved those cars. So I am sad that the Pontiac brand […]

Obama: Five Communication Lessons for Leaders

Obama: Five Communication Lessons for Leaders

We often learn best by example. When we see a most effective communicator, we pick up hints and habits that we can use and share with leaders we coach. Likewise, when we see someone who is less than effective, we can absorb the lessons learned. Sometimes we even observe the best and worst from the […]