My mom came to pick me up from school early on January 20, 1989. George H. W. Bush was set to be inaugurated that afternoon. Mother believed it was important for her kids to understand the political process. The first lesson would come by watching the transition of power between President Ronald Reagan to President … Continue reading Farewell to the President of my Childhood
This week the president of Georgetown University released a statement condemning the use of violent speech aimed at people based on gender, ethnicity or political affiliation. This statement came one day after professor Christine Fair called for extreme violence against men nationwide, contradicting the most basic rules that the Jesuit institution purports to hold all … Continue reading When Twitter… almost… outdoes Georgetown on Ethics
Lori and I attended the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) last week. It was the fourth year in a row for me. A friend introduced me to the two-day summit in 2015. It has been a must-attend every since. I look forward to learning from world class leaders and authors who have diverse backgrounds in areas … Continue reading Re-birthing the Global Leadership Summit as Sexual Crisis Rages
In 2018 White House Communication Director, Hope Hicks, became one more professional communicator to make headlines when she admitted to lying on behalf of her employer. Honesty is a key value that PR industry codes of ethics demand, whether it be the Arthur W. Page Society, the Public Relations Society of America or the International … Continue reading Focus, Honest Capability Assessment and Geography Matters: 3 Fundamentals I have learned as a Military Communication Officer
The Army is the largest military service in the U.S. Department of Defense. The Army’s public affairs (PA) program traces its history back to Gen. Douglass McArthur. As a young officer serving overseas, he is said to have believed in the importance of communicating soldiers’ stories to the public back in the states. That directive … Continue reading Introducing Professional Ethics to the Army Public Affairs Program
It’s that magical time of year again: when political theater of the absurd engages in a “government shutdown.” Government shutdowns used to mean something to me. The first government shutdown I remember happened in 1995, during the Clinton presidency. A second 21-day shutdown in 1996 made much more of an impact. Federal shutdowns became more … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Shutdown!
Approximately 41% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. Of those, just over nine-percent keep them. Gyms across the nation will be flooded with people determined to lose weight next week. Most will drop off by February. If you make a resolution for 2018, the odds are against you. That’s why I stopped making resolutions years … Continue reading Ditch the Resolutions, Give the Gift of Dignity in 2018