Monthly Archives: November 2009

Do you complify instead of simplify?

At Palette we have a promise (to our clients and ourselves) that our relationships and work will be based on three pillars: simplicity, energy and integrity. It’s at the heart of everything we do. But lately I’ve noticed that for some people and organizations simplicity has (simply) gone awry. And instead of making life easier, we make things more complex: we complify. Here’s what I mean. In the course of a workday, you notice something you’re doing is cumbersome and has too many pointless steps. You think, we should come up with a way to fix this. But instead of…

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Poppy Day (revisited)

Every November 11, I think of my dad, a WWII veteran and a man with a supreme joy for life. He always shared his wisdom, ideals and opinions (often without being asked), but kept the horror of his war experience to himself. He passed away over nine years ago, and for me, Remembrance Day is like another Yahrzheit for him. So today, to celebrate his memory and everything he taught me, I’m going to republish part of a post I wrote in 2007: November 11. When I was growing up in Winnipeg we called Remembrance Day: Poppy Day. And every…

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Introducing my social media class

Well, the social media for PR course I’m teaching at McMaster University is half over (hard to believe) and the students are busy working on their blogs. I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce and welcome them to the online community. Name Blog title Twitter Devorah Abrams Farmer Devorah’s Blog @dvora24 Suad Abukamla Suadabukamla’s Blog Natalie Ardanaz Natalie’s Blog @prNatAttack Lisa Atkinson Lisa M. Atkinson blog @weezie130 Christine Davis My New Digs @MzCrisy Sonja Dowbiggin Staying Alive in the 905 @sonjaferne Donna Drake Dawna’s Blog @dawnadrake Paul Jones Collapse of the West @jonespt Giselle Kimos HR and more… @gisellekimos…

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Are Canadian media responsible for spreading viral news?

You can’t pick up a Canadian newspaper, listen to radio or watch TV without hearing about H1N1, the vaccination process, supply issues, lineups… But the story doesn’t seem to have the same intensity in the U.S. It wasn’t even mentioned in Conan O’Brien’s monologue a couple of days ago (when it was the lead on CBC) – and talk show openings are often a good barometer of big news stories (as silly as that sounds). I did a search of ‘H1N1 vaccine’ on Google this morning* and in the first 30 results, there were 25 Canadian stories; four U.S. stories;…

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