Execution is everything
Last week I attended the Board of Governors meeting of the National Quality Institute (NQI). I have been a member of the board for almost nine years, and H&K has been a member of the institute for over a dozen! ...
He who casts the first stone
Everyone seems to be piling on British Petroleum and in particular, beleaguered CEO, Tony Hayward for its crisis response to the Gulf oil disaster. Yesterday President Obama had his strongest words yet when he said during a television interview that...
Getting with the times
During my business plan presentation in Ottawa in January, I was asked what the biggest source of uncertainty was for the company. I said I was concerned about regulatory changes in the lobbying industry and the unknown impact they would...
The power of persistence
Years ago I wrote in one of our company newsletters that the true mark of leadership was persistence. We were going through a meltdown at H&K at the time, and I came to the realization that sometimes in a crisis...
Moving away from the pack
The recent UK coalition agreement is just another reason why this June’s G8/ G20 meeting is shaping up to be a marvelous opportunity for Canada. As part of the coalition agreement, the government will be introducing a bank tax levy,...
Let the real games begin!
Poor Nick Clegg! All that media attention that was paid to him around the leaders debates and what does he have to show for it – fewer seats! As I wrote a few weeks ago, the importance of debates at...
Listen while you work
Last week Simon Houpt, of the Globe and Mail wrote an interesting piece called “In praise of older relationships”. He quoted Shelly Brown, president of the Toronto-based ad agency Zig, as saying “I think we live in a culture where...
One month after starting my own blog some of my colleagues have asked me how I feel about it so far. After reading an article about the comments of a CEO of a global public relations firm who recently stopped...
As a member of the Institute of Corporate Governance, I follow governance issues quite closely. More and more of our work at H&K involves working with corporate boards of directors. So I couldn’t help but to be interested in recent...
So You Think You Can Dance
As the leader of Prime Minister Harper’s debate team for the past three federal elections, I had to inform the party recently that I would be unable to do a fourth because of rule changes governing lobbyists involvement in election...
Letting Ethics Be Your Guide
The lobby industry just can’t seem to get a break. Each government since Brian Mulroney has tightened the lobbying rules in an effort to minimize the perception of conflict and improper influence. Usually these changes come after real or imagined...
Bringing the Olympics to Québec City
It may seem a little ‘eager’ on our part, but our Québec team and I met this week to discuss a plan of action for helping Québec City secure the 2022 or 2026 winter Olympics. Coming off the very successful...