The Power of Being a Change Agent

The Power of Being a Change Agent

2016 has been quite the year. I surely don’t need to spell it out for you. Straddling London and New York, the US and Europe, I’ve watched events play out on two very different stages. And for the sake of keeping it neutral I’m not going to pontificate on what I think, I’ll leave that to the professionals.

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Contacts: Just Exactly How Important Are They?

Contacts: Just Exactly How Important Are They?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, and for good reason. More on that soon. I remember in my early days doing PR a particular savvy client repeating over and over just how important relationships were to the success of any media campaign. By her estimation they were pretty much everything. While there is merit in this sentiment I actually don’t quite agree. Relationships are vital in our world, but content is actually just as important. You can call your friend the journalist all day long, but if your content sucks you’re pretty much dead in the water.

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Age = Expertise: Don't Waste It

Age = Expertise: Don't Waste It

I am now a few years over the 50-year old line. So far age has been kind to me - in terms of health and overall energy. And that’s a good thing, because I have never been so energized around my work. Malcom Gladwell’s book ‘Outliers’ talks about the ‘ten-thousand hour rule,’ basically, it takes at least that long doing something fairly consistently to gain any type of expertise.

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What’s In A Title?

What’s In A Title?

Back in the day titles really meant something in business. If you wanted to move up the ladder you would get there faster if your title had weight and meaning. And by meaning there had to be a VP or Pres in the offing. But the C-Word, that really carried power. Because let’s face it, everyone wants to be a chief someday - at least most of the ambitious people I’ve known over the years.

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Can You Be Too Confident?

Can You Be Too Confident?

Confidence is a key ingredient in most recipes for success. Who is going to take you seriously if all you do is waffle around, not presenting yourself as someone people can trust?  I’ve always admired confident people and have done my best to appear that way when necessary - I have certainly not always felt that way. But I wonder if confidence is overrated?

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