Oh for goodness sake, stop moaning and man up. PRWeek just hosted a round table in a penthouse looking out over the bay of Cannes and the overwhelming sentiment of the assembled guests was that we need to be louder and prouder of what we do.
It has been a challenging time for NHS communicators yet again over the last few weeks.
It's Monday morning and I wake up in New York. Nothing particularly new in the fact that I'm not in Chicago (my home base) but, this time, I'm travelling with my wife and kids, so the benefits of "nearing retirement" are becoming increasingly evident...
The nine-block grid is Jack Welch's famous method for evaluating staff. There are two criteria: potential and performance.
As I write, much of the advertising and media world is preparing to jet off to the Côte d'Azur for a few days.
I was once asked to run a training session on international planning. I got the wrong end of the stick and, instead of banging on about multinational brands, cross-cultural synergies and harmonising global toolkits, I decided to focus on techniques f...
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Remember last summer? The country went into a kind of joyful meltdown, kicked off by Danny Boyle's brilliant Olympic opening ceremony - for many people the finest ad for Britain ever made.
Maybe it's just a coincidence that Cannes week also marks the halfway point in the year - an ideal opportunity for agency senior management to reflect on their performance to date and assess how the rest of the year looks financially.
Fifteen years ago, there were no Media Lions at Cannes. Its growing presence at the 59-year-old festival is testament to the central role media now plays in marketing communications.
The devil is in the detail. And for an organ such as PRWeek detail matters. It's really not that hard to goad a public figure into extravagant boasting, whether it's Tulisa 'of course I can score you some coke' Contostavlos or Tim 'told him what to s...
"Just a lot of stuff" is my usual answer when asked about my day.
It's the easiest thing in the world to write off a celebrity's career when they get hit by a tabloid exposé, and of course there are always a handful of opportunistic columnists ready to pile in there and help with the last rites.
Einstein once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting different results.
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