Time to Pull Up Our Socks

Like most people, I have one eye on the debt ceiling and unemployment debate.  Sorting reality from spin and the juvenile drama reminds me of decades ago university student government meetings.  It's also reminiscent of some management team meetings where one spends enormous energy sorting the facts from all the hooey. What strikes me as troublesome is the colossal disconnect between the perspectives of government, companies and the general public. Their focus is telling of the disconnect: The next election cycle, next financial earnings report, and when the next set of bills are due.  The lack of common ground or shared goals between these three perspectives is undermining our future.  

Five Strategies for Navigating the New Corporate Landscape

Those who hold the Chief Marketing Officer, or CMO, title also carry a dubious distinction: They occupy the C-level executive post with the shortest tenure.  To a great extent, the position’s limited life span results from the fact that what was once primarily a circumscribed branding function has ballooned into a diversified strategic and operational role. In addition to traditional market planning and communications, today’s CMOs are often responsible for sales management, product development, channel management, public relations, market research, and customer service -- a broad assortment of specialties, some of which used to report into other areas of the organization.....