One of the biggest challenges for organizations is speaking with a consistent and compelling voice. Silos abound, and even enterprises with a positioning platform find it difficult for their internal communication strategy to take hold in their organization.
The communications patterns we learn from our families, and later interactions at school or university, on sports teams, at our first job, and from mass media, shape the way we see and react to the world. It’s within our families or our grade-school interactions that we develop patterns of communication that drive how we connect or don't with others. Understanding these patterns can prevent communications crashes.
The stars of this year’s Super Bowl weren’t the Broncos and Seahawks but the adorable Labrador puppy and muscular Clydesdale featured in a 60-second Budweiser beer commercial. At last count, the ad had more than 40 million views on YouTube. Pollster Frank Luntz noted on CBS This Morning that women and men in a focus group he arranged to watch the big game ads were deeply moved by it, some to tears. So why is this commercial so powerful?
For most of us, the ever-changing communications landscape – indeed, the shifting make-up of the world itself – makes it tough to keep up. So every year we resolve a little more firmly to deliver the leadership communications solutions that bring us a little closer and a little more connected to those who are most important – our customers, our supporters, our funders, and our family, friends, and professional associates.
In the past month, the headlines have been filled with companies, politicians and companies facing crisis communications issues large and small. While ObamaCare tops most of the news, it isn't the only thing facing harsh criticism