Positioning is our corporate newsletter, which covers a wide variety of topics, with a particular focus on trends, skills, and communications practices – universally applicable and industry-specific.
First 100 days on the job - part 2 (Details)
Mike Fernandez, Corporate Vice President at Cargill, provides details about how to learn the corporate culture at the start of a new position to be able to add value quickly.
First 100 days on the job - part 1 (Overview)
Mike Fernandez, Corporate Vice President at Cargill, discusses the strategic importance of gaining a corporate cultural perspective in a new role to ensure success.
Change as status quo
Gary Grates, Principal, Corporate and Strategy at W20 Group, discusses how communications must strategically deal with today's constant change in line with a company's business goals.
Tom Buckmaster, Vice President, Corporate Communications and President, Hometown Solutions at Honeywell International, talks about how a company should earn, rather than manage, reputation.
Kimberley Goode, Vice President at Northwestern Mutual, discusses how communications professionals can stay relevant.
Protecting the budget
Bill Hughes, Chief Communications Officer at CA Technologies, discusses the responsibility of communications to protect the budget.
Your brand from the outside in
Steve Cody, Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Peppercomm, discusses the importance of experiencing your brand from an outside perspective.
West Coast tech resurgence - update
Jessamyn Katz, Vice President at Heyman Associates, follows up on the West Coast trends within the technology sector.
Jenn Wilson, Peter McDermott and Kristin Tougias from Heyman Associates discuss how speechwriting can help one's communications career, how one can get started in speechwriting and how companies value the speechwriting function.
West Coast tech resurgence
Jessamyn Katz, Vice President at Heyman Associates, discusses the recent West Coast tech resurgence and the talent pool in the area.
Bill Heyman, President & CEO of Heyman Associates, discusses with Bob Feldman, Partner and Co-founder of PulsePoint Group, the notion of who “owns” social media.
Skills for success in pharma
Lisa Ryan, Senior Vice President & Managing Director at Heyman Associates, discusses with Sally Benjamin Young, Vice President, Public Affairs at Lundbeck, how to be a successful communications professional in the pharmaceutical industry.
What experience is necessary in social media?
Bill Heyman, President & CEO of Heyman Associates, discusses with TR Straub, Director at Heyman Associates, what experience is necessary in social media.
Sustainability Communications & Communications Budgets
As companies continue to implement sustainability programs, Heyman Associates decided to explore the importance of sustainability communications. Four experts, Roberta Bowman, Senior Vice president and Chief Sustainability Officer at Duke Energy, Tom Chizmadia, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Public Relations and Sustainability at Lehigh Hanson, Kelly Groehler, Senior Manager, Corporate Public Relations at Best Buy and Daniel Pellegrom, Senior Manager, Sustainability Communications at PepsiCo, offer their ideas about why sustainability is important to a company, how communications can tie sustainability to the business and what they see for the future of sustainability communications. From them, we learn that sustainability is central to the business, and therefore to communications.
Today's Use of Social Media
We asked our panel of communications professionals what the role of social media is in their communications group and how social media is most often integrated into public relations programs.
The first question we posed to our group was whether they believed reluctance exists in the industry to hire someone “outside of the box.”
Prioritizing Employee Re-Engagement
Much has been discussed about restoring consumer confidence and the role that it plays in making a full economic recovery. However, as time has shown numerous factors impact economic recovery. In this issue of Positioning, several top communicators address how employee confidence contributes to the success of an organization. We also look at the need to “re-engage” with this critical audience.
The Frontlines of Crisis Communications
Over the last six months we’ve examined what has changed in the communications industry as a result of the recession, continued boom of new ways to communicate and shift in political leadership. We’ve heard from industry leaders on the impact the recession has taken on hiring and current perceptions of the corporate public affairs performance of Fortune 500 companies. For the third and final installment of the series, we asked communications professionals their thoughts on navigating crisis communications in today’s environment.