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March 19, 2010

Cultural Change & the President

(Note: This piece was first posted in February, 2009, on my Website. As the health care reform bill heads for the House floor, it seems appropriate to reprise it.) There are two ways to change a culture. The easy way is the approach taken by guys like “Chainsaw Al” Dunlap, […]
March 7, 2010

Writing Right: The 100-Word Challenge

“The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem of what to say and how to say it.” That quote from Edward R. Murrow graces the overleaf of Beyond Buzz: […]
February 21, 2010

Tiger Speaks: And the Beat Goes On

Dedicated to the proposition that turnabout is fair play, it seems only appropriate to offer a critique of the collective analysis/dissection by the press of Tiger Woods’ 13½ minute statement of apology. Taken together, the reporters seem to have three primary issues. –  First, they question the motivation for, sincerity […]
February 6, 2010

Political Realities: A Campaign Primer

Tis the Season — for political campaigns.  So for everyone who’s about to run one — or run — here’s everything learned in 20+ years in the trenches, summed up in 20 short statements. 1. Campaigns are not won: they are LOST. 2. Your friends are far more likely to hurt you than […]
January 24, 2010

Publix Relations

Poor Publix. In the same week that the Company made FORTUNE magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 13th year in a row, it was rated the most highly valued brand among the world’s 250 largest retail companies in an annual study by Deloitte Research, besting […]
January 9, 2010

The Future of the Tea Party Movement

Will the Tea Party party on or will it turn into the Tea Party Party? We’ll know more after their convention next month in Nashville, an ironic but suitable choice for such a conclave, but all breathless anticipation aside, and despite the efforts of at least one enterprising Florida pol […]
December 25, 2009

Health Care Reform: Understanding the Process

Three factors contribute to the confusion and consternation much of the American public feels with respect to health care reform legislation. 1) Most Americans don’t really have a frame of reference for what’s going on, because they either weren’t alive or weren’t paying attention the last time a reform effort […]