#88388338 / gettyimages.com Every time I hear about IABC these days, I suffer a continuing feeling of sadness. The news this past week about the professional association for communicators does little to change that feeling where that news is all about financial loss (again), leadership issues, and an unclear future. On June 4, long-time IABC commentator David Murray - often seen by IABC's leadership as its nemesis by asking questions the leadership don't like being asked, never mind … [Read more...] about How high is the reboot bar for IABC?
Last week, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) held its international conference in New York. By all accounts I've read, some 1,400 members went and took part. I've heard, too, that the professional development, networking and social events over the three days of the conference were as compelling and enjoyable as they ever have been at IABC conferences. A different picture emerges, however, when it comes to the business of IABC itself. You may know that I was … [Read more...] about Goodbye IABC and good luck
One of the great things about the Ethics Awareness Month initiative from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is that it helps focus clear attention on a core issue in the profession that, in many people's minds, needs that attention.It doesn't matter a bit that the PRSA's initiative happens to be organized by the professional body that represents practitioners in the USA. To give full credit to them (as well as recognize some good common sense at work), it's very open - anyone with a … [Read more...] about Being inclusive about PR ethics
The subject of ethics in public relations often provokes strong opinions from people, especially when questionable practices fall under the critical spotlight - as Scott Adams so cannily grasped in this Dilbert cartoon in August. Ethics in PR issues from the past few years that readily come to my mind range from Edelman's shattered pedestal over not one but two Wal-Mart kerfuffles in 2006; the anti-astroturfing campaign by Trevor Cook and Paull Young in that same year; ongoing PR spam (very … [Read more...] about So what will you do for ethics in PR?