Thinking That Transforms
It has been one of the surest ways for a Communications professional to reach the C Suite: Show the kind of business acumen and crisis management skills that puts CEOs, CFOs, and boardrooms at ease.
However, 2020 has demanded something different. We’ll call it “Societal Acumen” – the ability to discern what today’s societal currents mean for businesses and their stakeholders. Communications professionals have never needed it more.
As B2B buyers become increasingly mistrustful of traditional advertising, they are relying on research and gathering relevant information before reaching out to a vendor. At the same time, information overload has buyers relying on peers, experts and industry influencers more than ever. So how can technology and B2B brands leverage this shift in the landscape to their advantage?
“Christ…!”. This was Prime Minister Johnson’s reported reaction to being informed over the weekend that 3.5 million jobs were at risk in the hospitality sector if Britain failed to reopen for the summer. In this moment, Johnson probably recognised a stark reality – the number of unemployed people within the hospitality sector could be double the entire economy’s unemployment figure for 2017. In the face of this kind of extreme economic strain, the media and public have intensified their scrutiny of the government’s plans to get people back to work and revive the economy.
Today is supposed to be Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day in North America. The concept is to connect what children learn at school with the working world in an effort to enable them to discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life. For many of us, this year, Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day has evolved into Take Your Work to Your Daughters and Sons MONTH -- working at our kitchen tables with babies grabbing at our keyboards and preschoolers building Lego structures under our chairs.
As the race for the Democratic nomination intensifies, candidates are beginning to up the ante on their marketing and PR efforts. This year’s candidates have focused their efforts on social media, memes, and digital organizing, the use of online platforms to identify, engage, and mobilize campaign supporters to take action.
Over the December holidays, you got the sense that, as the decade wound down, we were headed for an extraordinary New Year. But who among us expected a January that would bring a global virus scare that would unnerve travelers and markets, an earthquake in Jamaica that would rattle Miami, a Brexit and a Megxit, and the tragic death of a 41-year-old NBA legend and his beloved daughter?
All this on top of an impeachment trial of a U.S. president – only the third in history.