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Did you hear the one about the senior account executive?

A good communicator is not necessarily a good manager

A PR agency senior account executive dies and appears before St. Peter, who is astonished to see the AE’s good and bad deeds are in perfect balance. With no clear destination for the AE, St. Peter decides to let him choose for himself after a tour of both Heaven and Hell. Heaven proves to be serene and peaceful, but dull. Hell, on the other hand, is one big party, the best of Vegas and New Orleans rolled into one. The AE reports back to St. Peter that he has opted for Hell, and St. Peter dispatches him there. But upon arrival, the AE sees the Hell now is nothing more than tormented souls writing in fire and brimstone. The AE tracks… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report #809: Amtrak, Thomas Cook failures in communication and leadership

The Hobson & Holtz ReportIntro: FIR Interview with Leila Janah coming this week, FIR Podcast Network shows make Cision top 50 PR/Marketing podcasts recommendations;

Quick News: Tweets now appear in Google search results, communication leaders aren’t leading very well, 110 photojournalists run National Geographic’s Instagram account, the immorality of mobile ad blockers; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop:

News That Fits: Tales of failure in communication and leadership: Amtrak in the wake of the deadly Philadelphia derailment, how Thomas Cook turned a Greek holiday tragedy into a business crisis; Dan York’s Tech Report: EuroDig, WSIS, IANA and… Read More »

Friday Wrap #154: Amtrak’s crisis fail, higher stakes in native advertising, CEOs prefer Twitter

Cigar Wrapper Chart for Friday Wrap #154Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly roundup of news, posts, reports, and other content designed to help you stay current with developments that will affect the way companies communicate. I collect items throughout the week for possible use in the wrap; you’re welcome to follow my link blog.

One quick announcement: Neville Hobson and I have launched a new website for the FIR Podcast Network, which we aim to make the premiere place for PR, marketing, and organizational communication-themed podcasts. I’d be thrilled if you’d visit and let me know what you think. The new site is at FIRPodcastNetwork.com.

Oh, one more thing: My… Read More »