Zuckerberg’s On-Camera Crash Course

After Mark Zuckerberg’s two-day hearing on Capitol Hill, Facebook shares jumped more than 5 percent--over $4 BILLION.

What happened prior to the hearings?

“Facebook hired a team from the law firm WilmerHale as well as outside consultants to coach Zuckerberg on questions, and on how to pace his answers and react if interrupted.

Big Data and Ethics

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Big Data and Ethics conference, a half-day program featuring four expert speakers and a Q&A/panel discussion sponsored by Corporate Communications International held at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.

Is Your Glass Half-Full?

In his excellent book Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Eric Barker contends that pessimists are more often right in their predictions, but optimists are more often more fulfilled and productive in life.

Scientific research has come up with a long list of benefits to being optimistic.

Are you a 98-Pound Weakling?

Does vulnerability equal weakness? The answer is a resounding no. I shared Brene Brown’s TED Talk about vulnerability with my class of graduate-level students at Baruch College back in the fall. Their reaction was priceless. Even though the talk is about eight years old(!), it's a reminder to me that the human characteristics of vulnerability, humility and courage are more essential than ever.

Breakfast of Champions

A good strategy is nothing without a good culture. Companies that maintain a culture of diminishing people, putting them down, institutionalizing sexism or harassment, or protecting abusers, are always going to go down in flames if they do not change. I don’t care how good your strategy is, if your culture isn’t right it will get you every time.

How will you be remembered?

The concept of resume values vs. eulogy values comes from David Brooks’ 2015 book, The Road to Character. If you’re like me, perhaps you contemplate your career in terms of “résumé values”-- thinking of my client list, the award-winning corporate videos I’ve created, the experience of running a production agency for over 30 years.