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Dear Joe, Expand Your Cabinet with Words

  Dear Joe, Welcome to the White House. Is it just me or does it feel like it’s been an eternity since the Nov. 3 election? Anyway, I know you come into office with several mission-critical priorities screaming for attention. The pandemic has killed roughly 400,000 Americans. Economic conditions prompt comparisons to the Great Depression. …more

America Has Spoken, Trump Channels Bluto and Other Post-election Musings

Remember when October was winding down and everyone was thinking, “Only a few more days and this madness will be over”? I never expected the man to go quietly in the night or day. I did expect his surrounding advisors — you know, the “sane” human beings like Jared Kushner and Lindsay Graham — to …more

Dusting Off Letter to Our Asia Pacific Team After the Trump 2016 Election

We’re now days away from the U.S. Presidential election. I’m optimistic that that the polls have it right, that the vast majority of voters understand four more years of Trump would be akin to putting the country in a wood chipper. When the 2016 election put Trump in the White House, our folks in Asia …more

If the FDA Called Us About a Communications Plan for the COVID-19 Vaccine

Everyone is counting on the vaccine to return the planet to its axis and the economy to growth mode. Yet polling shows many Americans — depending on the poll, anywhere from 33% to 50% — would take a pass on vaccination. That’s a problem. As a public service, I’ve developed the bones of a communications …more

China Borrows from Trump Playbook, Fanning the Flames of Xenophobia

President Trump referred to COVID-19 as a “foreign virus” during his Oval Office speech last month. Soon after, that phrase gave way to the “China virus” triggering a spike of racism directed at Chinese Americans. Of course, Trump enjoys race baiting. It’s good TV. Most Americans don’t realize – or perhaps don’t care – that …more

3M Leans on Owned Media to Counter Punch

  Owned media at its best can provide a counter-balance to perceived injustices from the media and social channels. Organizations ranging from Google to Walmart to the Brookings Institution have depended on their blogs to deliver their point-of-view to blunt an attack. Now comes 3M, under fire last week (April 2) from President Trump who …more