No Charisma, No Election

No Charisma, No Election

If your CEO bungled an all-important product launch due to a combination of over-confident assumptions, poor market research and wooden communications skills, he (or she) would be out within hours, right? If, however, this same lame-duck CEO clung on against attacks from a newly-invigorated rival in the face of a plunging share price, getting support   [ more » ]

Danger: Narratives at Work

Danger: Narratives at Work

Once upon a time, narrative was the word used to describe the compelling storytelling that garnered Oscars, made box-office hits, churned out literary page-turners and even underpinned brilliant business plans. But  definitions change: These days the very same word is used to describe something that’s simply not true. Increasingly, narrative means a sequence of facts   [ more » ]

The Spoken Word… or the Spoken Thought?

The Spoken Word… or the Spoken Thought?

Has President Donald Trump’s own distinctive delivery style rendered the formal prepared speech forever obsolete? For millennia, the business of public persuasion by princes, politicians and those in power, has depended on a deliberate construct based on the rules of oratory and rhetoric. Building up a chain of logical argument by means of tested ideas   [ more » ]