Internal Communication

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Google’s New Diversity VP Tested by Internal Controversy

August 7th, 2017 by

A long “manifesto” decrying efforts at addressing diversity has been making the rounds inside Google via internal message boards and social networks. The author, a male software engineer, argues that there are inherent differences between men and women that account for perceived gender gaps. Thus Google’s Danielle Brown, who took up the mantle of vice president of diversity, integrity & governance at the end of June, already finds herself in a delicate internal communications test.

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For Southwest Airlines, Culture Determines Who Owns Social Media

August 7th, 2017 by

A few years ago, each of Southwest Airline’s departments used social media in their own way, independent of each other. But the firm quickly moved to create “an enterprise-level function with multiple players and dotted lines back to operational units, while still maintaining a master strategy,” according to Linda Rutherford, Southwest’s CCO. To her, the question of who should own social media centers around how an organization approaches customer engagement.

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How MillerCoors Uses Video for Internal Communications With Employees and Distributors

June 26th, 2017 by

In the upcoming Arthur W. Page Society New CCO podcast, MillerCoors CCO Pete Marino talks about the company’s internal video channel MCTV, among other topics. PR News was provided an advance copy. In an interview with us, Marino expands on MCTV as well as what keeps him up at nights.

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4 Ways to Change the Paid, Owned and Earned Media Structure

June 15th, 2017 by

If the lines between paid, owned and earned media have become blurred, why is the internal structure at most organizations still so linear? In this commentary, Brooks Thomas, social business advisor with Southwest Airlines, argues for a more integrated approach and provides four tips for smaller organizations looking to bust down the silos between those three types of content.

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How Not to Be Uber: Spot Unconscious Biases in Your Organization

June 15th, 2017 by

Uber is facing another PR crisis after a June 13 sexist boardroom exchange led to the ouster of board member David Bonderman. This shows Uber’s discriminatory culture is still deeply ingrained at the highest levels, according to Jessica Fish, senior consultant at Leader Networks. And the incident serves as a reminder for communicators to examine their own personal beliefs and workplaces for implicit and unconscious biases about race and gender long before they are exposed in a public setting.

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3 Internal Communications Principles Steve Harvey Missed in ‘Don’t Talk to Me’ Memo

May 15th, 2017 by

A memo that reads,”For your eyes only?” Not in showbiz. On May 10, Chicago media blog RobertFeder.com leaked a harshly worded internal memo sent by talk show host Steve Harvey to all “Steve Harvey Show” employees at the start of this year’s season. The memo airs Harvey’s grievances around a lack of privacy on set and requires employees to make an appointment with Harvey prior to any direct contact. “IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED,” the memo reads, before listing several other studio locations Harvey claims to be regularly “ambush[ed]” by NBC staff.

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One Change Management Principle Trump Skipped in the Comey Firing

May 11th, 2017 by

President Trump’s dismissal of James Comey as director of the F.B.I. May 9 would have been highly controversial no matter how it happened. But how to work within a scenario like that to ameliorate stakeholder dissatisfaction is a major facet of what we as communicators should practice—and it’s a facet that seems to have been neglected by the administration’s communications arm.

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How to Assess Stakeholder Attitudes About Change

April 17th, 2017 by

In this second of a three-part series about the PR pro’s role in communicating change, the author discusses how to assess what attitudes your stakeholders have regarding change. This is easier said than done as attitudes likely will differ between groups of stakeholders, regions and professions. Owing to its importance and sensitivity, change requires communication that is multi-dimensional. This is a time for two-way communication.

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Chili’s Crisis Proves How Little It Takes to Sink a PR Effort

November 15th, 2016 by

Chili’s restaurants served over 200,000 free meals to veterans on Veterans Day. One of those meals went very, very poorly, and now the restaurant chain is in a worse position than if it had never undertaken the effort in the first place. What went wrong? An act of kindness to veterans should have been non-controversial.

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A 2-Step Approach to Integrating Communications and Business Teams

October 31st, 2016 by

Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. (TAMS) struggled with ensuring integration. As I’m certain you know, in a fast-paced environment it’s very easy to get caught up in your projects and fail to consider integration, or much of anything besides your immediate team. Over the past five years TAMS has implemented processes that have helped—dare I say forced—its marketing organization to integrate. Here’s how TAMS did it.