Stop Taking Meeting Notes And Start Writing Action Steps


Possibly because of a tragic final exam experience in college, I’ve become an obsessive note taker. I have a couple of note apps on my iPhone, I have two notebooks in my briefcase, and I carry small index cards and a tiny pen in my pocket everywhere except bed (but I also have a notepad and pencil on my nightstand.) After client meetings, I used to walk away with pages of notes. But a few years ago I realized

The End of The Cult of Self-Esteem?

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Culture Watch:  You absolutely have to read this article from Britain’s “The Telegraph” written by Allison Pearson. I picked it up when Kathleen and I were in London this summer helping produce the media for The Salvation Army’s 150th anniversary at the O2 Center. Essentially, it’s the story of a school in Lancashire that has banned naughty children. Actually, what they mean is (ignoring several centuries of compelling evidence) the school had decided there is no such thing as a a naughty child, there is only

An iPhone, a Banyan Tree, and the Power of Distraction


We recently went on a family vacation to Hawaii, and while on the island of Maui, we spent an afternoon in old town Lahaina. In the center of town is an magnificent Banyan tree that’s more than a hundred years old. There was a craft fair going on under it’s widespread branches so there were lots of people milling about. I noticed that one young tourist in particular was stunned at the size and beauty of the tree. She’d never seen one, so she immediately

7 Secret Strategies to Grow Web Traffic & Influence (On a Shoestring Budget)


I receive so many questions about using your website and social media presence to increase your influence that I decided to ask my friend Miles Anthony Smith for his advice.  Miles works with Rawhide Boys Ranch as their Digital Marketing Director and is the author of Why Leadership Sucks™ and Becoming Generation Flux.  Miles shared with me his 7 key strategies for growing your web traffic and influence (and how to do it on a budget).  Here’s his advice:   ​

Using the Power of Architecture to Tell Your Story


In a world where so many churches are drab buildings, or where leaders could care less about building design, I was reminded about the power of architecture after my wife Kathleen noticed Grace Community Church in New Caanan, Connecticut. Their design is really remarkable, and its been covered in major media outlets across the country, allowing them a remarkable way to share their story. In my book “Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media,” I have a section called “The Branded Building.” Here’s how I put it:

Playboy Starts Covering Up. Is That A Good Thing?


By now, nearly everyone has heard about Playboy magazine’s decision to cover up their models – at least a bit. In the age of online pornography, where extremes have become so accessible (and acceptable), Playboy has become pretty tame by comparison. And their drop in subscribers confirms that people are going elsewhere for their porn fix. At it’s peak, Playboy boasted

Terrorism And The Value of Public Relations and Media


Just in case you wondered if media matters to bloodthirsty, violent revolutionaries, it does – in a very big way. Now that The Islamic State has taken over a vast territory, they have the challenge of winning the hearts and minds of these captured communities. To do that, the terrorist group is launching a massive propaganda campaign to pitch its idea of a utopian state for the Muslim world.  Up to this point,

New Media’s New Passion for Old Television


Just when most critics of TV were convinced online platforms had nailed the TV coffin shut, a resurrection of sorts is happening. And of all places, that TV resurrection is happening because of the online platforms we thought would would kill it. This year alone, online companies like Vice Media, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post and others are moving into new territory: