What Does Trust Have To Do With Anything?

Ever been in a meeting where everyone seems to get along swimmingly? But the longer you sit there you start to get a sense that a play act is going on. The friendly banter is contrived, double entrendres abound, the proselytizers are taking turns, and the conversation doesn’t hit on the core reason for the meeting. It doesn’t matter if you’re in an uptight ‘suits’ or ‘jeans and t-shirt’ environment, company cultures these days suffer from a serious malaise. The lack of trust at all levels is at epidemic portions. I venture that few of you really trust your boss or cube farm neighbors.... Read the complete post on Forbes.

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.....