Been There, Done That

by Lars Erik Grønntun

Global President
November 10, 2016

Been There, Done That

The post mortem on the Clinton campaign has barely started and will likely go on for months, if not years. However, with one of the biggest upsets in US election history there is plenty of blame to go around and there will be as many explanations offered as there are failed pundits. But seen from … Read more

Make Facts Great Again

Those most vocally lamenting the post-fact society are to a large degree the ones who created it. “I think people in this country have had enough of experts”. At the time Michael Gove uttered these infamous words many, myself included, felt it signaled a final farewell to fact-based public discourse. Yet after the recent election … Read more

Brand Superheroes: Why Being Real Matters Now More Than Ever

Original story posted here.  ALL SUPERHEROES ARE THE SAME. Their power may differ, their purpose may vary – but all superheroes share an undeniable bond to each other and an unbreakable bond with the public. Being real. Superheroes are true to who there are, whether to their strengths (Superman) or to their flaws (Batman.) When Superman … Read more

What Makes a Great Mentor?

H+K HER’s mentorHER program provides women opportunities to engage with women across the firm, discuss challenges and opportunities, broaden their networks, and diversify their perspectives. And for men and women interested in mentorship through a global lens, we have the Global Virtual Mentoring Program. But there are also those mentorships that blossom naturally when you meet someone within the firm or … Read more

HER Voices

As we spend the month of March celebrating women’s achievements for International Women’s Day, Women’s History Month, and the third anniversary of our women’s network, HER (Helping Executives Rise), we recognize and celebrate the voices of the women of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Hear from some of our talented colleagues around the globe as they reflect on the women … Read more

Federal Budget 2017

Overview In light of lower than expected domestic economic growth and brewing international uncertainty, Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s second budget is best described as Phase Two. If Budget 2016 laid out a bold vision for Canada and the middle-class, then Budget 2017 is its worker-bee cousin. Short on new spending commitments or grand gestures, Budget … Read more

Canada-US Trade – Senate support in question(s)

President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, recently attended his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee – the influential committee with broad jurisdiction over matters related to trade agreements, taxes, tariffs and import quotas, transportation of dutiable goods, as well as ports of entry and delivery. Given the importance of the … Read more

Can’t-miss Cannes

Cannes Lions

Next week, the worlds of communications, media and advertising descend on Cannes for another International Festival of Creativity. While one of the biggest draws is the people you meet and the pool of new business, talent and potential partnerships; I get more FOMO at Cannes Lions than any other festival in the world. And that’s … Read more

Budget poll

In the lead-up to the federal budget on March 22, 2017 we thought it timely to share results from recent research we conducted with Canadians. There are a few critical tensions we want to highlight: First, the hollowing out of support for the ruling Trudeau Government (and we use the characterization “Trudeau Government” purposefully). Second, … Read more