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Franziska Weber Joins CLE Board of Directors

Gagen consultant Franziska Weber has recently joined the Communication Leadership Exchange’s (CLE) Board of Directors. Among other duties, Franziska will help shape the CLE 2017 annual conference, scheduled for October 26-27, 2017, which will bring together some of the industry’s best minds to exchange ideas and drive thought leadership in today’s hyperkinetic business world. The…

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Guardian Life Insurance, DuPont and Gagen MacDonald Are 2017 North America SABRE Award Finalists

The Holmes Report has named Guardian Life Insurance, DuPont and Gagen MacDonald finalists for the 2017 North America SABRE Awards. The SABRE Awards celebrate excellence in public relations and recognize superior achievement in branding, reputation and engagement. This year, more than 2,000 entrants are competing for the prestigious honors. Employee Communications Guardian Life Insurance and…

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DuPont, Lundbeck and Guardian Life Insurance Receive IABC Gold Quill Awards

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has honored DuPont with three Merit Awards, Lundbeck U.S. with an Excellence Award and Guardian Life Insurance with a Merit Award, as part of the 2017 Gold Quill Awards. A Gold Quill recognizes excellence in business communication globally and is one of the industry’s most prestigious awards. According…

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Top Skills IT Leaders Need to Succeed as Business Drivers

Technology trends such as the “Internet of things,” smart machines and cloud architecture are driving transformational change across the business world. Leading this charge is a company’s CIO. Today, the role requires a lot more than technical and operational knowledge. CIOs need to connect internal and external ecosystems, identify aligned technologies for pilot projects, improve…

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4 Reasons You Need a Leadership Portal

As the business world continues to evolve in unpredictable ways, leaders face new and mounting pressures and challenges. Today’s executives and managers, faced with a constant barrage of information, find it harder than ever to identify the information, tools and resources they require in order to lead. To cut through the clutter, leaders need a fresh…

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The Chicago Cubs: A Case Study in Aligning Strategy, Structure and Culture

No one is more excited about baseball’s 2017 Opening Day than the people of Chicago. After ending a 108-year-long championship drought and staging one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, the once “loveable-loser” Cubs are entering the new season as a championship team. To many, it may seem like the stars had magically aligned…

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Sherry Scott Named Among PRWeek’s “Champions of PR”

PRWeek has named Gagen MacDonald’s Sherry Scott to its 2017 “Champions of PR” list. The esteemed designation honors women in public relations—from senior leaders to account executives—who continually set the bar high. Forty winners were selected from more than 200 nominees. The candidates were judged on their work in public relations, as well as their philanthropic…

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Soft Skills Are Super Skills

Educators work to nurture lifelong learners who possess the skills necessary to face uncertainty and enact transformational change. School curriculums still include the “Three R’s”—reading, writing and arithmetic. But my seven-year-old daughter recently taught me about the “Four C’s”—critical thinking, communications, collaboration and creativity. Teachers point to these “super skills” as an essential part of preparing…

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The 4 C’s: Drivers to Unlock Exceptional M&A Value

A successful construction project requires a set of plans, materials, and, most importantly, skilled and engaged construction workers. Without them, the structure will come tumbling down—regardless of how strong the materials were or how well-planned the building was. Conducting a successful M&A integration is similar. As explored in our previous post, “The New Drivers to…

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Astellas Americas and Gagen MacDonald Win 2017 North America In2 SABRE Awards

The Holmes Report has announced its top honors for the 2017 In2 SABRE Awards, naming Astellas Americas and Gagen MacDonald winners. The In2 SABRE Awards honor insight and innovation in communications, marketing, social media and content creation. The awards were created to celebrate the public relations industry’s ability to navigate and thrive in an increasingly…

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