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Cowardly Corporate Lions

In a room full of smart and accomplished corporate board directors and CEOs from leading companies around the world, one topic resonated above all the usual items on the table. It wasn’t strategy, risk management, or compensation that stood out among the group I spent a couple of days with last week...

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Most Expensive. Speech. Ever.

When The Three Rules came out last May, I had high hopes for the book I co-authored. I’d like to think my level of expectation was born of the excellence of the work, but in truth, having spent five years on the project, wanting, hoping for (maybe even expecting!) success was inevitable. As you might have heard, we love most those things for which we suffer most...

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Is Everyone Entitled to PR?

I worked at Western Electric back in the 1970s. It was a subsidiary of the AT&T monopoly, which was also its only customer. It was run by engineers, and I imagined that, under their white shirts and skinny ties, they wore T-shirts that read, “Real men don’t need PR.” They were, of course, all men in those days. And they saw something slightly effete in the notion of PR. By...

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“I’ll Manage”

As TCB Review moves to a more online-centric format, I’ve decided to try and go with the flow and shift my musings to that quintessential medium-within-a-medium, the blog. In the spirit of Marshall McLuhan's most famous aphorism, “the medium is the message,” I hope to do more than simply post online what I have...

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PR Advice From a Legend

You know you’re getting old when you go to an industry conference and one of the only people you know practically invented the industry in question. That happened to me not too long ago, and the person in question was Harold Burson, who is now 93 and still sharp of mind, if less sprightly of body than he once was. Harold is the co-founder of the giant...

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The Hustle Economy

I’ve been thinking about the way we use the word “hustle” in this country. When I was a kid, it meant two things.
1. Hurry Up
2. A Con Job
The meaning has totally changed in the past five years. Bloggers and entrepreneurs began applying...

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What Leads to Dangerous Decisions?

How do the past experiences of leaders affect how they make decisions, especially in crisis situations? Is it unusual that the global chess game currently being played out between Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Barack Obama features a longtime spy versus a former community organizer and law professor?
Historically, the people who ended up running...

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Where’s the Good Pizza in Raleigh?

Forbes recently published a list of America’s Fastest Growing Cities, and Raleigh, N.C., is number two. The metropolitan area—which includes Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill—has good weather, a relatively low unemployment rate, and an academic environment that nurtures a pipeline of corporate innovation. The...

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Mining the Future of PR

Everyone’s talking about Big Data, even those of us with liberal-arts degrees. It’s suddenly dawned on us that the metaphorical “cloud” into which our digital devices exhaust is an actual orchard of data about our purchases, conversations, and movements, ready for round-the-clock harvesting. Amazon alone catalogued every detail of the...

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The Modern HR Director

Hello, everyone. It is my honor and privilege to bring you the groundbreaking Human Resources Research Report® that covers the demographics, behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs of the modern HR director. For the purposes of providing a statistically valid report, LFR Inc.® asked 989 HR directors to participate in online polls and in-depth focus...

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