Category: Leaders

Reinvent: How CEOs Listen

Reinvent: How CEOs Listen

The CEO simply walks into a room, says hello, and asks employees what is on their minds. He doesn’t bring a Power Point, leaves the entourage at the door, and moves the podium offstage. In fact, there is no stage, as he calmly moves around the room, responding to what he hears from workers. Today, […]

Relearn: What Obama's Week Teaches Leaders (and Communicators)

Relearn: What Obama’s Week Teaches Leaders (and Communicators)

For any leader, communication must be a core competency. No longer can any leader hide in a board room behind closed doors. The 24/7 media world makes anyone in a top role the star of a carefully-watched reality show. When that leader is the President of the United States, the importance of this competency could […]

Revisit How Leaders Communicate

Revisit How Leaders Communicate

A Note to Mitt Romney’s Communication Coach: Hey there. I just wanted to tell you that you have a tough job. Every time your candidate seems to take a step ahead, he communicates, and takes a step in reverse. I know there’s nothing less useful than a communicator offering suggestions, but here are some things […]

Replaying the GOP Debate: Lessons for Leaders

Replaying the GOP Debate: Lessons for Leaders

This week’s debate in Las Vegas reconfirms that Republicans are masters of the “we-don’t-care-what-we-say-but-we-sure-can-entertain-you” genre of communication theater. While Obama and Clinton revealed in 2008 that opponents can be civil, these candidates engage in warfare without seeming to care what damage they inflict. Replaying the communications game-of-the-week offers lessons that their handlers should consider before […]

Reviewing the Legacy of El Paso Corp.

Reviewing the Legacy of El Paso Corp.

I got a bit sad when I heard that El Paso Corporation will be acquired by Kinder Morgan to create the nation’s largest natural gas pipeline company. Not because there’s any doubt about the strength of Kinder Morgan. Since knowing when to leave Enron, Rich Kinder has created a company of significant scope and stability. […]

Revering Steve Jobs

Revering Steve Jobs

Much will be written and said about Steve Jobs the next several days. When we look at the visionaries who changed how we live, the disciplined dreamers who changed business, and the CEOs who mastered communication as a core competency, few other names come so quickly to mind. He inspired us to imagine the difference […]

Donald, We Hardly Know Ye

Donald, We Hardly Know Ye

For all of Donald Trump’s success in business he fails a critical test for anyone who aspires to be President of the United States: We don’t know him. Oh we do know Donald Trump’s excessive lifestyle and artificial hair. But we don’t know him. What drives him. What gives him hope. What he wants. What […]

Why Reagan the Communicator Still Matters

Why Reagan the Communicator Still Matters

He was, simply, the great communicator. Ronald Reagan, born 100 years ago, understood a fundamental – perhaps the essential – part of a leader’s job is to communicate. While his political views were often distant, his impact as a communicator was immediate. Reagan demonstrated an instinct for communication that reached beyond simply saying words with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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