Thoughts for Tuesday by Suzanne Bates

B3 Brand Buster Alert - American Apparel's CEO Charney

Posted on Thu, Aug 18, 2011

Company: American Apparel

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Tags: Communication, leadership, leadership brand, crisis communications, Discover Your CEO Brand

National Public (Train-(w)Reck (NPR)

Posted on Thu, Mar 10, 2011

 

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Tags: leadership communication, leadership, leadership brand, crisis communications, communications training for leaders, CEO, corporate culture

The King’s Speech

Posted on Sun, Jan 9, 2011

 

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Tags: leadership communication, leadership, public speaking, leadership development, communications training for leaders, presentation skills

Cleaning Out The Gutters

Posted on Sun, Nov 28, 2010

 

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Tags: leadership communication, leadership

Power Tripping

Posted on Sat, Aug 14, 2010

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Tags: leadership

A "Survivor" in the Corporate Jungle of Meetings

Posted on Fri, Jul 23, 2010

I used to be a devotee of the CBS show “Survivor.” It’s fascinating the way that human beings adapt and live through horrible, if contrived circumstances. In the corporate world, the equivalent of Survivor is the dreaded business meeting. You don’t have to be wearing a loin cloth and eating worms to feel like a contestant. Running from meeting to meeting, you must learn to outwit, outlast and outplay.
 
Like travelers in a jungle without food, water or time to think, people are desperate. It’s not just physical deprivation. It is the emotional toll. When meetings routinely start late, run long, are badly managed, and accomplish little, you go a little insane. To survive, you must outwit. Come late; schedule calls during the meetings on purpose; duck out to answer “emergency” email; or just don’t show up. Manipulate people to make them think you’re with them; leave the meeting and shoot them down behind their backs. It’s a brutal, brutal game. \

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Tags: bates communications, suzanne bates, success, leadership, business, executive coaching

Following Howard Fineman

Posted on Wed, Jul 21, 2010

If your audiences could vote with their feet, what would happen?

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The Language of Commitment

Posted on Tue, Jul 13, 2010

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes, but no plans”
 -Peter Drucker

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Lessons From The Coach Seats

Posted on Sat, Jul 10, 2010

You learn a lot from the savvy traveler who has to fly coach. Of course they all carry on; and they’ve learned to stand as close to the miserable airline representative collecting boarding passes as is socially acceptable. This way they are positioned to sail forth with alacrity onto the jetway when their row is called.

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"Lap-Versation"

Posted on Tue, Jul 6, 2010

The other day at a Starbucks on Cape Cod my colleague Dave seemed distracted. “I’m sorry, I just can’t take my eyes of this group of kids.” Four boys who I’d guess were between the ages of 14 and 16 sat facing each other - their high end laptops open to separate gaming or Internet sites. 45 minutes later when Dave and I got up to leave they were still locked in this activity. As far as I could observe they hadn’t spoken a word to each other.

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Tags: bates communications, suzanne bates, success, leadership, executive coaching

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