Category Archive for: Communications and Leadership

Does A Tree Fall in the Forest?

Gee.  Who’d ‘a’ thought?  The Wall Street Journal reported today that President Donald Trump’s “credibility came under fire” during Congressional hearing yesterday with FBI Director James Comey. Again?   The Toronto Star is counting Trump’s lies — 129 and going strong.  Reporter Daniel Dale figures that on Trump’s most truthful day there were only four lies —…

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Those Scampy Elves

I don’t know if the shoemaker’s elves are the same little guys working in Santa’s workshop but I can tell you the shoemaker over here has a few stubbed toes.  We have been working to launch this new iteration of the Jessonco website for more months than I want to discuss.  Just be assured that…

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Trudeaumania Redux

It appears that everything Canadian is cooler than ever after the Prime Minister’s successful visit to Washington. “Yes, Canada has fashion designers too, and the first ladies wore them to the state dinner” proclaimed a headline in The Washington Post. In shared bromance moments, the President and Mr. Trudeau bantered jokes about hockey, borders and…

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Mentoring PR Interns and the Pull of Gravity

I have been thinking a lot about education recently. It started at a family gathering in January. I was standing with a group that included my brother, when one of my cousins approached to introduce us to a friend. Turned out she was my fourth grade teacher. My brother was also in her class a…

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A Dark Day for PR

Global TV announced late last night that news anchor Leslie Roberts has been suspended over conflict of interest. In its statement, the station said: “At Global News we take matters of journalistic integrity very seriously.” As a result of being found out, Roberts has apparently resigned from a PR company in which he was secretly…

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Corporate Citizenship — What’s good for the goose…

If companies can try to do the right thing, why is it so hard for governments? Today, more and more companies recognize that strong ethical programs and responsible corporate citizenship are key factors in building strong brands. The idea isn’t new. Lever, the precursor to today’s Unilever, was founded during the Victorian era at a…

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PR Wars

It seems not that long ago that we had entered what was thought to be a post war era in which international conflict on the scale of World War II could never again occur.  Militaries were downsizing and demobilizing.   In Canada one proposal to manage the massive cuts to our defense budget was to eliminate…

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The PR Case for Malaysia

Success and failure.  The Wall Street Journal today juxtaposed two counterpoints in underwater search.  Page 3 reported that after five hundred years archaeologists believe they have now found the remains of Columbus’s lost ship, the Santa Maria.  Buried in just ten feet of water, it has been lost since 1492. Deeper in the paper was…

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Never Let the Truth Get in the Way of a Good Story

I have been gobsmacked by the number of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford supporters who say they don’t care what he does as long as he saves them money.  Seems not very many of the folks in Ford Nation have done the math. First, see the story by respected business journalist, David Olive, in the Toronto Star yesterday that…

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Guido Barilla, Chairman

Crisis SOS

Talk about putting your foot in it.  How would you like to be the head of Public Relations at Barilla pasta? Last week their Chairman put both feet in it when he declared on public radio that they would never make a commercial featuring a gay or lesbian family.  And then he reinforced his view that…

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