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Press Agents of the World, Arise... An Excerpt From 'Starflacker: Inside the Golden Age of Hollywood'

Dick Guttman | Posted 11.12.2015 | Entertainment
Dick Guttman

Once upon a time a film that dare not speak its name ("The Sweet Smell of Success") cast an evil spell upon all press agents, decreeing that they should dwell and devise forever under a cloud of skepticism about the ethics of their craft.

Separating Art From The Artist

Quora | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts

Artists are not a monolithic group. Many throughout history have courted celebrity. In the days when all art was commissioned, the more famous (or notorious) you were, the more likely it was that you could become the court painter, or get commissions for portraits.

How to Go Negative and Stay Positive

Alan Kelly | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Alan Kelly

Corporations, currently neutered by happy-talk policies and love-me-babe consultants, would be wise to study their options. Competing through communication is not a choice between doing nothing (a Pass) and criticizing an opponent (a Call Out).

How Snapchat Shed Its Sexting Reputation

Mona Kosar Abdi | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Mona Kosar Abdi

Snapchat is a prime example of how important it is for a company to clearly identify its message and then stay consistent. From the start, the founders positioned Snapchat as the antithesis of popular social media sites where users can leave behind a potentially haunting digital footprint.

How Strategy Does (and Doesn't) Explain Influence

Alan Kelly | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Alan Kelly

As described by Ovans, strategy was born out of a fascination for competition, rules of supply and demand, and an obsession for the price and pricing of hard assets. It should now focus its curiosity on the soft assets that dominate and drive the markets of all things digital.

Stop Imitating, Start Creating

Lisa Murray | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Lisa Murray

If you really must copy something, don't institute the exact idea. Create something brilliant that is 3 − 5 steps beyond the original idea! Playing leapfrog is way more fun!

3 Sure-Fire Ways to Undermine Your Leadership Integrity

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

When you possess leadership integrity, people trust your decisions. They understand you have a vision, and because of your positive influence they take ownership in the plan, the process and the product.

9 Ways to Strengthen and Protect Your Online Credibility

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

You may not realize it but if you are engaged in social media you are building a reputation. In fact you are quite possibly building one that will last a lifetime.

Succumbing to Trumpism. It's Just Business.

Alan Kelly | Posted 08.18.2015 | Business
Alan Kelly

I have to marvel at Trump and his art-of-the-deal frame. It's not actually about ego. It's about business. It's about quid-pro-quo. About winning. Leverage. And with respect to American voters, it's about getting back what we've given away too freely.

Would You Buy a Used Car From Hillary?

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Komisarjevsky

Whether in our personal relationships or our business ones, there isn't anything more important than trust and reputation. When trust is lost, it's a long haul over a hard road to earn it back.

Five Steps to a Great Reputation, by The Donald

Alan Kelly | Posted 07.15.2015 | Comedy
Alan Kelly

Hi everyone. Since I'm such a great speaker - I mean a really great speaker - I'm going to show you how great a writer I am and let you in on a couple of my secrets for having a reputation as great as mine. Ivanka loves 'em. And she's so hot, I know they're right.

The Corporate Wake-Up Call: Millennials Are Now In Charge

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Chris Komisarjevsky

Wake up and smell the coffee. The hierarchy of influentials inside corporations is fast changing. Pew Research has now made it official: Millennials make up the largest single portion of our workforce in the United States.

Jameis Winston: A Case of Product Versus Reputation

Geoff Livingston | Posted 06.28.2015 | Sports
Geoff Livingston

In many ways, Winston represents the perfect reputation zeitgeist for the NFL. He's an awesome football player with perceived character issues. That makes him less likable, and in the case of some Tampa Bay fans -- particularly women -- he hurts the overall experience.

Building a Reputation in Your Industry Beyond the Brand of Your Employer

Brian Honigman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Brian Honigman

The most common question I get from my network is how to grow a reputation in an industry, while also attending to the responsibilities of a full-time job.

Does Your Brand Get A 5-Star Review?

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 06.13.2015 | Small Business
Doug A. Sandler

Whether you are aware of it or not, you not only have a product to sell, you have a brand represented in the marketplace. Any idea what I am referring...

Brands, Reputation and Passion

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Chris Komisarjevsky

Reeling from the tragedy and dealing with questions that may never be fully answered, Fernandes responded with passion and caring and found the courage to use a word that we rarely hear from a CEO: "love."

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.

Don't Panic! Using Social Media in a Crisis

Jimmy Leach | Posted 04.05.2015 | Business
Jimmy Leach

Social media engagement is, still, often not the default approach for many companies, organisations and governments, but by having robust processes and networks in place early and the social-by-default instincts ready, they can maintain their place in the conversations that otherwise go on around them.

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.

When Being 'The Good One' Isn't So Great

TueNight | Posted 03.25.2015 | Women

The hardest part was to rewrite the narrative of who I was based on what I had internalized from other people's expectations. As if it was some immutable, narrow thing, rather than choices and work.

The University of Virginia and the Risky Illusion of Validity

Harlan Loeb | Posted 02.10.2015 | College
Harlan Loeb

As events continue to unfold at the University of Virginia, we are seeing a common element form in the actions and response from each of the major players involved: the illusion of validity.

A Love Letter to Tony Romo

Daniel Hill | Posted 02.08.2015 | Sports
Daniel Hill

Not a single "Romo hater" has a legitimate reason for their position in my opinion. Sure, you haven't won a Super Bowl, but I highly doubt than any other quarterback would have won a ring on those teams.

Does Your Self-Description Really Serve You?

Kare Anderson | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Kare Anderson

Interestingness is the instigator, the hardy carrier pigeon that can carry your message most anywhere. Interestingness makes a message get heard above...

Hungry for Culture? 11 Business Lessons Inspired by Restaurant Royalty

Andrew J. Levine | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Andrew J. Levine

As you strive to build the best workplace and culture for your business, keep in mind these these tips from the Union Square Hospitality Group brain trust.

Reputation Recovery and Management

Susan P. Joyce | Posted 10.02.2014 | Business
Susan P. Joyce

Leading a "perfect" life -- very low-profile, never breaking any laws, never participating in any form of social media, never doing anything that might draw negative attention -- does not ensure a clean personal reputation in 2014 or beyond, unfortunately.