August 11, 2015
July 10, 2015
Image by Gage Skidmore.
In the late 90’s, I briefly fell under the spell of New York real estate impresario and not yet-presidential candidate Donald Trump. At the time, I was part of the newsroom leadership team at business channel CNBC, and “The Donald” had recently purchased the 1930’s era Bank of Manhattan (soon to become Chase) skyscraper at 40 Wall Street. Led by the phenomenal success of NBC’s Today Show, street-level live TV studios were all the rage, and Trump had the inspired idea to use this building’s former bank lobby as a TV studio for reporting stock market news in the heart of Wall Street. My boss Jack Reilly and I were invited down to scout the art deco building as a potential CNBC location.
June 18, 2015
Winning an election is about gainfully defining the choice being presented. It is about successfully creating such a stark contrast between you and your opponents that when voters walk into a booth, picking which lever to pull is the easiest choice of the day.
May 06, 2015
The best way to kill your brand new message strategy? Management by announcement.
We spend a lot of time developing effective message strategies. But we spend almost as much time making sure they stick. Making sure they become embedded throughout an organization. We see time and time again that simply unveiling the new direction often doesn’t get you there. An announcement isn’t enough. The good news? Getting a consistent, universally adopted, and long-lasting message is possible for any organization.
Here are 7 principles that will make sure your new messaging sticks:
May 01, 2015
Many very smart, and very savvy people will disagree with me, but I hate the term “Personal Brand.”
That’s not to say I think nothing of the concept. You only have to go through the job-seeking mill to see that online presence is everything today. I recently helped a friend answer a job application—she was poleaxed by the long list of links and handles she was required to submit to prove her employable personhood. Personal branding is effective and necessary. But why can’t we brand it better?