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False Proxy Power

Harlan Loeb | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Harlan Loeb

When push comes to shove, people don't always do what they say they intend to do. They don't vote for the candidate or issue that they indicated they would.

Mainstreaming Sustainability: Business Imperatives for Making Sustainability Matter

Lisa Xia | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Lisa Xia

One of the toughest things I've had to consider is whether sustainability really matters to companies in a fundamental way. Not too long ago, an e...

Building Trust: Effective Board Governance in Times of Public Scrutiny

Harlan Loeb | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business
Harlan Loeb

At the recent Aspen Critical Issues & Risk Forum, participants delved into the implications for board directors of the perilous increase in corporate risk.

'Creating a Culture of Well-Being'

Madinah James | Posted 08.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Madinah James

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The Mindset of the Millenial: Disruptive & Committed for the Long Run

Harlan Loeb | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Harlan Loeb

Both in the context of their class participation and their assigned work, the differences in their thinking and social behavior proved startling to me, a Baby Boomer. My takeaway: This definitely is the generation that will change how we think and how our largest institutions behave.

Influence Abuse: Trust, Truth and Games of Gotcha

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.28.2015 | Media
Alan Kelly

Is it time for the spin police?  Sitting in the theaters of entertainment, politics and business, one wonders if practitioners of influence are abusing their tradecraft and the trust of their markets.  One wonders then if they'll self-correct or be market-corrected.

Is PR Really Dead?

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 04.13.2015 | Business
Margaret Heffernan

Is PR dead? When I ran my first software business in the U.S., I was predictably eager to get the word out about the great technology we were doing. ...

Trust Me... I've Got a Barometer

Alan Kelly | Posted 03.30.2015 | Business
Alan Kelly

The answer to trust is to re-double a commitment to operational excellence, not communications. Attend to the business of the business by replacing expressions of trust with actions and follow-through.

Edison Electric Institute's Anti-Solar, PR Spending Revealed

Gabe Elsner | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Gabe Elsner

Most Americans already know that lobbying and influence play a big role in the legislative process, especially in Washington, D.C. However, a new report reveals that a large portion of trade association spending goes to PR firms and advertising.

Center for Public Integrity Reveals How PR Firms Manufacture Consent for Oil, Big Business

Steve Horn | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The Center for Public Integrity has broken new ground by publishing a months-long investigation into the public relations and influence-peddling spending conducted by Big Business trade associations between 2008-2012.

Big Business Spends A Billion To Influence

The Center for Public Integrity | Erin Quinn and Chris Young | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. Forget lo...

People Really Dig Working In Media

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.11.2014 | Media

Exciting news for anyone considering a career in media: As it turns out, people in the industry really love their jobs. Glassdoor this week release...

Past Is Prologue: Crisis Risk Management Begins Inside

Harlan Loeb | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
Harlan Loeb

As we read about the travails of General Motors and recent foreign-exchange scandals, it's difficult to explain the enduring and elusive challenge that companies and organizations seem to face: the importance of learning from past mistakes.

Kate Sheppard

Here's What Big Oil Has In The Pipes If Keystone Fails | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- TransCanada Corp., the company seeking to build the Keystone XL pipeline, has teamed up with the world's largest public relations firm...

Navigating the Office as the Youngest Intern

Intern Queen Campus Ambassadors | Posted 09.14.2014 | College
Intern Queen Campus Ambassadors

The first day of any internship can be a real nail-biter, but after entering the office and realizing you are the youngest intern, the pressure becomes real.

Welcome To Era Of Surround Storytelling

Jimmie Stone | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Jimmie Stone

The always-on content tornado is giving all of us an opportunity to adapt to the weather and connect to audiences in completely new ways. How exactly do we show up differently and tell a brand story that still makes sense in this incredibly windy, fragmented environment?

Good Environment for Sustainable Business

Badr Jafar | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Badr Jafar

It is easy to think that one person, or one business, can never make a meaningful difference, and that short-term priorities usually prevail. However that attitude is in itself as unsustainable as the actions that it will precipitate.

Private Regulation: Risk or Opportunity for Global Business?

Harlan Loeb | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Harlan Loeb

As trust in government rapidly declines, expectations of global business to address and, in many cases, solve social problems are sharply escalating.

The Career Lessons I'd Like To Give My 20-Something Self

Julianna Richter | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Julianna Richter

As Ralph Waldo Emerson so brilliantly said, "Life is a Journey, Not a Destination." I believe the same can be said for our work life so make it the best journey it can be.

Carolyn Gregoire

Here's Proof That Businesses Might Actually Be Changing For The Better | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business

It's no secret that a lot of Americans aren't totally enamored with the corporate world. Skeptics have any number of reasons to question the motives o...

The Four Tenets of Individual Courage

Jonny Bentwood | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Jonny Bentwood

It is the duality of individual-initiated and business-led courage that creates an optimal formula for progress. The courage to identify a pivot, and the freedom to be able to see that change through, is what's required to show up differently. And if you're lucky, like I am, that is exactly the culture of the company you work for. If you have that freedom, here are my recommendations to be courageous within it.

Governance Challenge: The Board's Role in Crisis and Risk Management

Harlan Loeb | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
Harlan Loeb

Challenging as it is, unprecedented risk creates a spur for change.

It's 2014. How Are You Going To Show Up Differently?

Matthew Harrington | Posted 03.08.2014 | Business
Matthew Harrington

As 2014 gets underway, something profound is afoot among some of the world's largest brands. They are doing things differently and challenging the status quo. Rather than being daunted by the prospect of change, they have the courage to embrace it, which I would argue is setting them up for a more successful future.

A Year of Critical Thinking in a Distracted World

Harlan Loeb | Posted 03.03.2014 | Education
Harlan Loeb

With the advent and explosion of social media, most of us use this powerful tool to cocoon ourselves in our existing and unchallenged view of the world. As we catapult into 2014, perhaps the most important ballad we should play is "Where has all the critical thinking gone?"

The Fed Has a Language Challenge

Harlan Loeb | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business
Harlan Loeb

QE is neither a quantitative nor an 'easing' term of art for the most important calibrator of the world economy to use.