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Help Wanted – Apply Now on Capitol Hill

We hear it every day. Americans have had it with Congress. They hate the gridlock, hate the partisanship and hate the feeling that nothing is getting done. A recent Gallup poll of voter sentiment showed an abysmal 18% approval rating for Congress, nearly the lowest in history. So it came as a surprise when one… Continue Reading Help Wanted – Apply Now on Capitol Hill

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From Locke to the Federalist, Government’s Role in Transportation Policy is as American as Apple Pie

Adam Smith and John Locke gave America much of its philosophical and economic underpinning. They also both argued for governmental participation in transportation infrastructure and public works. For Locke, it was an essential part of his overall proposition for the natural rights of man, while Smith believed public works served to fulfill the natural system… Continue Reading From Locke to the Federalist, Government’s Role in Transportation Policy is as American as Apple Pie

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The Strategy Imperative

Let me begin with the obvious:  The election is over.  We know who won. The reason I bring this up is that until November 6, America’s business leaders and the economy as a whole seemed stalled in neutral.  It wasn’t as if we collectively were doing nothing at all, but uncertainty about the outcome, or at least… Continue Reading The Strategy Imperative

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A Plea on Election Day

With the polls barely opened and voting just underway, I write this with absolutely no idea of how this election is going to turn out.  I cast my ballot already, one among the millions of early voters who decided they couldn’t wait until November 6th to record their choice for President of the United States.  And… Continue Reading A Plea on Election Day

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SWAT Team PR

Public relations professionals often speak about crisis communication, but when a real crisis strikes, we all have a tendency to act on impulse. Strategy is something that happens on the fly. Decisions are made as conditions dictate. Surprisingly, this works reasonably well most of the time, but clearly it is not a sound or prudent… Continue Reading SWAT Team PR

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A Few Kind Words – One Night Only

Our firm had the privilege of working in support of the recent Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York.  The event brought together President Obama and Governor Romney for an evening of lighthearted remarks and self-deprecation.  Both distinguished guests lived up to expectations.  The President said he was well rested for the evening after… Continue Reading A Few Kind Words – One Night Only

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Errant KitchenAid Tweet Highlights Importance of Social Media Policies

In today’s modern marketplace, it is increasingly rare to find a company that does not utilize social media in one form or another. From customer service interaction to market analysis to brand promotion, many companies make social media engagement an important component of their business activities. While utilization is up, so are cases of major… Continue Reading Errant KitchenAid Tweet Highlights Importance of Social Media Policies

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Get Ready for New LinkedIn Company Pages

LinkedIn announced last week that it is redesigning company pages as part of an ongoing effort to simplify users’ experience on the site. Mike Grishaver, Senior Product Manager at LinkedIn, said the changes will mean “easier access to the information you want about the companies you care about.” This is great news for organizations such… Continue Reading Get Ready for New LinkedIn Company Pages

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The Good News about Google’s Acquisition of Frommer’s

On Monday, Google announced it had purchased Frommer’s, the reputable travel-guide business, from John Wiley & Sons for roughly $23 million—but, as the Wall Street Journal reports, “the deal is more significant for its strategy than its price tag.”  As the author of two Frommer’s travel guidebooks, I too found the strategy compelling. For years,… Continue Reading The Good News about Google’s Acquisition of Frommer’s

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What Viewers Want

NBC is getting flack for the choices it has made regarding its televised coverage of the London Olympics. At the heart of this issue is not just one network’s choices, but a growing tension as new media changes audience expectations. The points of argument, and how they have played out, reveal a lot about what… Continue Reading What Viewers Want

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