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Culture cancer

The stories of young tech executives behaving badly are coming fast and furious these days.  The latest, a lawsuit filed by a (female) former Tinder exec, is the most recent incredibly disturbing picture of the tech boom’s downside. There’s lots to be offended by in this story, including the plaintiff’s …

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Noblesse oblige . . . or not

By now you’ve all seen dozens of articles, blogs, tweets and posts about Facebook’s recently published study on how altering users’ newsfeeds can impact their own posts (and mood). Thomas Leeper wrote a long, thoughtful and measured explanation of why what Facebook did isn’t illegal and may likely not be …

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CEO attitudes matter

Hi PR Girls! Happy Monday! Great to be back after a week of unplugging.  Last week’s news and commentary (all of which I read this morning) had some illuminating stories about CEO behavior. For starters, there’s the infamous Dov Charney at American Apparel.  Maverick CEOs who think ‘the rules don’t …

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Good deeds = good PR

This is a painfully obvious thing to say, PR Girls, but sometimes the best way for clients to get good PR is simply to do good things. Look at the great coverage Starbucks got when they announced they will offer two free years of college to employees.  It was reported …

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What you say is who you are II

Continuing on the theme of how communications defines an organization, let’s talk about transparency. Transparency is hard. But the benefits of forthright, …

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Learn from Francis Underwood

Francis Underwood may be pure evil, but he is still fascinatingly brilliant at two things that are utter failings of mine, so …

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What not to do II

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong’s recent gaffe is such a spectacular PR screw up that it bears dissection, even if he did apologize. First …

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The scofflaw

The scariest naughty spokesperson, PR Girls, is the scofflaw. This spokesperson’s misbehavior can do serious damage to himself, to his company, and …

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Karma’s timeline

Happy Monday PR Girls!  This morning I’m thinking about karma, which, in a business context, means the benefits or challenges that result …