Archive for January, 2011

Lessons from Communicators in Beijing

Lessons from Communicators in Beijing

Our communication world continues to shrink, not simply because of the technology we use, but in the ways we respond to challenges we confront. As our profession continues to evolve, the miles that may geographically separate us no longer necessitate distance in what we value and what we share. How we approach the essentials of […]

Remembering JFK's Inaugural: 50 Years Later

Remembering JFK’s Inaugural: 50 Years Later

He stood, in the bitter cold, with enough fire in his words to ignite a nation. Rather than simply inaugurate a presidency, he initiated a movement, shifting a nation’s focus from its own self indulgence to the global and social challenges of a new decade. And, as he spoke those words we still remember, he […]

How Words Can Hurt (and Heal)

How Words Can Hurt (and Heal)

When we were children, we were told that sticks and stones could break our bones but words could never hurt us. Sadly, the events of this week remind us how negative words can hurt when they suggest an artificial tolerance for anger and attack. We will likely never know what specifically motivated this week’s tragedy […]

What Can We Learn from Sarah Palin's Reality Show?

What Can We Learn from Sarah Palin’s Reality Show?

Every day political leaders show us how communications can help (or hinder) efforts to engage and inspire people. Because politicians are so visible, and their communication moments so easy to access, they make excellent examples as we coach business leaders how to pursue effective communication approaches. And the value of political figures as examples has […]

What if a Leader Tries to Be Funny?

What if a Leader Tries to Be Funny?

Of the ideas that a leader may offer, none should frighten communicators more than the words, “I want to be funny.” Few leaders are natural humorists. Even fewer have the instinct to know when and how comedy may be appropriate. Few have the timing to make a story, joke or pratfall work and, worse, any […]

Have You Made New Year's Resolutions?

Have You Made New Year’s Resolutions?

Happy 2011! Each new year offers the opportunity to rethink, refresh and reinvent. And before we get repetitive, we should take a moment to remind ourselves of the re-commitments we should make. As communicators, it’s easy to get caught in the reassurance of words. Here are seven essential new year’s resolutions to consider so that, […]