Crazy Campaigning Provides Opportunities to UnLearn from Presidential Candidates

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In a wildly unpredictable election year, Michael Lyons, character actor in the Netflix series “House of Cards” and I (Cary Broussard), are launching a joint speaking tour to draw parallels between the race for the White House and what we can learn (or unlearn) from the candidates behaviors, branding and game plans. As a former U.S. Senate staffer and communications executive, I knew we couldn’t keep our mouths shut any longer….that we couldn’t let this campaign kick our butts and leave us depleted. So…. we are taking our non-partisan, entertaining opinions and brand lessons “on the road.” With an ever-increasing number of candidate “aha” moments to emulate or avoid, we are leveraging our public speaking experience, and experiences working with all sorts of people and media (yes, media are people too) to dissect candidates’ brand […]

Bring Your Parents to Work Day. Really?

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My parents helped me get my first job. My aunt had a friend who was the Executive Director of the American Cancer Society. Aunt Milton (yes, my Aunt’s name was Milton) helped me get an interview for the PR Director/Special Events position. The hiring decision was given to an impartial 3rd party, the publicity chairman, who happened to be the local NBC news anchor. I got the job, and my career in public relations began…and my parents butted out. However, 25 years later, I wonder how involved I would be as a parent in helping my child land a job. The article in PRNewser below and other media pubs are buzzing about how LinkedIn and companies are involving parents of millennials in the hiring, retention process, primarily with regard to internships. Finding the right workplace […]

Do personalities get wrinkles?

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I know we have creams, plastic surgery, all sorts of supposed cures for making our wrinkles go away. No matter what I’m armed with, winning the war on wrinkles is probably a losing battle…but don’t get me wrong I’m certainly willing to stay in the battle! However, I would really would rather spend time in a more cause-related battle, making improvements to the wrinkles in my personality…. Starting with being a more giving person, being more understanding of my husband, more thoughtful to my co-workers, less egotistical, less judgemental, less fearful about the future – Wrinkles or no wrinkles. So when I watched this TED TALK video featuring Jane McGonigal and how her video game helped pull her out of depression following an injury, I was intrigued. Did you watch it? I am grateful to […]

High Performers and Innovators, Please Apply Today"

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What makes workplace diversity potentially one of the most polarizing issues today in business? I have rarely, if ever, worked for someone who was my mirror image. However, many, if not most of us, feel more comfortable and more at ease with someone who shares our same belief system, likes and dislikes … and, yes, even looks like we do. What I’ve just described will solicit a different reaction from those filtering my words. For example, those reading who are between 35 to 65+ years of age may have quite a different reaction from someone 18 to 35 years of age. Within this dichotomy of perspectives rests our hope, our future and our burden in business and society today. I have been fortunate to teach undergraduate and graduate classes at New York University in the […]

Keeping Your Sense of Humor…In Not So Funny Times

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My friend Barbara sat down for dinner the other night and the first question fired across the table was “Now Barbara, what HAVE you been doing?” Barbara said she felt herself go red. She fired back, “Can we not start with me first. I’d like to hear what everybody else is doing.”  Barbara wished she had her clever, very together “elevator speech” she used just that morning in a women’s networking group. But that night at dinner with friends, she wasn’t prepared to be “on”…..She had joined her friends for what she thought would be time to let go and forget about her uncertain future. She knew her sense of humor wanted to show up for dinner too, but it had walked out the door when her friend asked “what have you been doing?” such […]

Celebrity Gossip or the Physics of Intelligence?

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I know I’ve changed now. Like all, when I’m in the airport, I have a ton of choices to buy reading material before boarding the plane. For years, when I wanted to relax, I would choose People magazine, USWeekly, some celebrity eye candy publication (along with a chocolate Hershey’s bar) where I didn’t have to think while I was relaxing in between spurts of work on the plane ride home.  Well, this time, on my trip home to NJ from Austin, TX,  I was compelled to buy Scientific American magazine, intrigued by the cover article, “The Physics of Intelligence…Can We Get Any Smarter?” by Doug Fox…. So I bought it plus the June 27th issue of Newsweek w/former President Bill Clinton on the cover. Eye candy? No, intriguing headline, yes, “14 Ways to Save America’s […]

I'm Mad (And Spoiled) As Hell About the U.S. Economy

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Can we agree on one thing? The economy sucks.  I’m asking you – business people of the United States. What are we going to do? Where are the town meetings? The massive education re-tooling we need? Where is the commaraderie and the collaboration? Where is the plan or solution(s) to turn our economy around in the U.S.? I just heard a statistic on Bill Maher that most Americans cannot scrape $2000 together without selling items they own.  I’m not sure of the number of people with storage units, filled with stuff, in the U.S., but pretty sure the number is astounding.  A fact I’m not too proud of is that I have stuff stored in Texas and N.J.   I’m not a bad person, but I have been comfortably spoiled… While watching the first U.S. Republican Debate […]

Cinderella's Student Advisory Board

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Research has shown (my own research as well as others) that having an advisory board can make all the difference in business success and yes, even in personal endeavors. Master mind groups, advisory boards, boards of directors, you name it, listening and responding to a group of qualified individuals whom you trust and respect can produce big dividends. Three keys to success: 1. Determine what the purpose of your board will be. Is it a focus group for a new product or service ? Is it a group of advisors who will advise you on growing a business or your career? 2. Outline the benefits/commitments to those serving on the board. Networking with other board members, opportunity to learn from you and others. Mention appropriate perks and any monetary compensation and time commitments. 3. Challenge […]

Studying to Reach the Palace

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Final exams. Ah, what a joyous season!  Visions of strong coffee and junk food dancing in our stomachs…Tis the season of overachieving and making the best grades… Here are tips from Cinderella, who had her own “version” of exams…while reaching the Palace of her dreams. 1. Don’t bring the wolf to your door by being sleep deprived or neglecting yourself. Drink water – not just diet Coke. Give yourself a break with an afternoon walk or run – exchange back massages. Stimulate the economy. Splurge on a manicure, if you can afford it. Stir up your endorphins.  It’s important to be at your physical best during this time. I know it’s very hard to think about taking care of yourself when there is so much pressure and your grades are on the line. Keep this […]