Category Archive for: Culture

ethics in pr

How To Maintain Ethics in PR

Over the years, academia hijacked an old biblical passage that I, too, have repurposed. This phrase has guided my 30+ year career (and is worth every consideration by every PR person when considering how to maintain ethics in PR): “the truth shall set you free.” As PR professionals, we are often privy to information – objective…

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communication lessons

6 Communication Lessons From a Marathon Runner

Today’s blog is from our partner at NATIONAL, Andrea Cudmore. Enjoy! Whether it’s a colleague “making it to the finish line” on a major project, or a project manager “calling the shots” for a quick turnaround, we draw parallels between business and sport every day. Even as consultants, many of the processes we face in business…

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Work-Life Balance

Creative Ways to Ensure Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is hard, especially in the hectic world of public relations. There’s always a rapid response situation, reporter to pitch, or plan to draft. While public relations is exciting, creative, challenging and ever-changing, it can also creep into your personal life. In today’s “always on” world, it is difficult to establish boundaries between work…

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shultz hour

The Shultz Hour

In April, David Leonhardt at the New York Times wrote a column about the need to take a Shultz hour. For those unfamiliar, it comes from George Shultz, who was the Secretary of State under President Reagan. The concept is to carve out one hour a week to sit undisturbed with a pen and paper…

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SHIFT san francisco

Announcing New Leads out of SHIFT San Francisco!

Have you heard the news? Two strategic hires have joined SHIFT San Francisco: David Hargreaves will act as Managing Director and Nathan Beers as Vice President. Welcome, both! Meet David David joins us having spent two years managing a sales and marketing team for SaaS startup Snipp Interactive. Prior to that, he spent nearly 10 years at NextFifteen Group…

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staying active at work

Staying Active At Work: How To Get Your 10,000 Steps at a 9-5 Job

“The Step Diet: Count Steps, Not Calories!” “10,000 Steps a Day to Your Optimal Weight!” “10,000 Steps to a Healthier You!” “10,000 Steps and You’ll Turn into a Unicorn with the Power to See Through Time and Space!” That last one is made up, but no doubt you’ve heard about the recommended 10,000 steps an…

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working parent

Am I Better at My Job Now that I’m a Working Parent?

Fresh off maternity leave of four months, I expected coming back to work to be incredibly challenging. It was a rough transition, but after only a few missed meetings and unmet deadlines, I was able to get back into the swing of things. While my days take more planning and preparation, I’m glad I came…

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fake news

Fake News: A Data-Driven Analysis

What’s the impact of fake news? Is it as big a problem as people make it out to be? Shortly after the 2016 US Presidential election, America’s interest in “fake news” skyrocketed; some believed that fake news sites heavily influenced the outcome of the election. How concerned were people? We saw search volumes spike during…

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culture

The Self-Importance of Being Honorable in Job Search

Have you ever considered embellishing the truth on a job application or interview? After all, everyone at some point in their career will experience a “questionable departure,” or have some experience on their resume that worries them about their chances to land a new job. You wouldn’t be alone considering that. Fortune Magazine reported that…

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SHIFTing into the Future

It is with pride and excitement that we announce the acquisition of SHIFT Communications by NATIONAL Public Relations –the largest PR firm in Canada, with a storied history in the region and a reputation for good work and fair dealing. Wait?! What?! I know, it’s a little jarring at first to hear this news. SHIFT…

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