• Executive Rewind: Tobacco’s Out; Vaping & Pot Are In
    Wednesday June 12, 2019

    The news media love tracking trends. In this era of high-speed technological innovation, you just might have a story that could get you  earned media. Analyze your business and your industry. Positive news media stories have greater credibility than advertising. When CVS announced several years ago it was dropping sales of all tobacco products at […]

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  • Executive Rewind: How to Answer “No”!
    Wednesday June 5, 2019

    Socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders attends Walmart’s annual investor meeting and tells management their board should have an employee on it. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon is confronted with a question about that demand on the Fox Business Network. His response: “no” without ever saying “no”: “Our associates definitely have voices!” That immediate response, his very […]

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  • Executive Rewind: Kaiser Permanente’s CEO on Healthcare Consolidation
    Tuesday March 19, 2019

    In this era of consolidation, healthcare executives need to be prepared for the overriding question of why bigger is better. The primary driving forces may be competition and costs of doing business, but what about the customer/patient? Kaiser Permanente is the largest managed care organization in the United States. And it’s growing. For CEO Bernard Tyson, […]

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  • Executive Rewind: How Boeing Contributed to its Own Crisis
    Thursday March 14, 2019

    Every airline will tell you passenger safety is their highest priority. It’s a boilerplate talking point. But actions speak much louder than words in this case. Especially since safety is more than just the issue of taking off, flying, and landing without incident. It’s a state of mind, too. Passengers need and want to feel […]

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  • Executive Rewind: Anatomy of a Soundbite
    Wednesday February 6, 2019

    When you’re talking through the media to anticipated audiences, keep in mind attention spans and getting them to hear your messages often are in conflict. So how do you break through? Prepare for it with answers/statements that are succinct and memorable. Dara Khosrowshahi is CEO of Uber. He’s preparing for an IPO. Hence, the following […]

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  • Executive Rewind: When the Media Report Your Story
    Wednesday January 23, 2019

    So, you submit to a news interview, get in most of your important messages, and you’re anxious to see the reporter’s resulting story. Time for perspective and a dose of realism. Let’s go to the videotape. In a recent post, we took you through three business network interviews of GM CEO Mary Barra on the […]

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