In a digital age, spontaneity rules. Social messages that are unscripted and on the fly help to humanize the brand. But messages that seem overly packaged are about as popular as the measles. It’s a different situation when giving a speech (or commenting) on behalf of the brand.
Today’s communicators follow trends that lend themselves to stories about their brand or organization. Getting the media to bite is another matter, however. To increase your chance of landing a story with a reporter or editor is to think like one.
We asked PR News’ social media followers to share what they deem to be the defining characteristics of great bosses.
The task of writing internal memos about layoffs or “restructuring” and similar crises that threaten livelihoods usually falls to PR and HR professionals. It’s a painful, difficult task, but it’s part of what they signed up to do.
It’s tempting, of course, but staying at home due to a severe storm isn’t an excuse to binge watch “True Detective” on HBO or curl up with some guilty pleasure. It’s pretty much a normal workday, but with a bit of a spin on what you get accomplished.
Think about the characteristics people often attribute to great leaders: being visionary, intelligent, empathetic and passionate. But it is none of those. Rather, it’s intentional. The intentional leader uses purposeful decisions, language and actions to advance the organization and his/her individual aims.
Business leaders need closer collaboration with their chief communication officers in order to gain a holistic view of the challenges and opportunities facing their brand.