Shared Views

SharedViews: Respect for Public Relations?

I’m sharing some of the items I’ve been reading while wondering if those of us in public relations are ever really going to do the things necessary to get the respect most people in this business deserve.

I’ve said that I don’t think we need a new definition of what we do, but you should check out what Harold Burson, co-founder of Burson Marstellar had to say a year before the new definition was revealed and just after:

Shared Views: Is Bank of America Deaf?

According to CNBC, The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Bank of America (BofA) is considering new fees. This time, the targets are those with low balance checking accounts who don’t use other bank products. I’m not quite sure how BofA thinks this will ‘sell’ when the monthly fee on debit cards failed so miserably.

There is no question that BofA, and pretty much all banks, have been hurt by new limits on debit card transaction fees and other restrictions imposed by Congress. Most of us understand that. We also understand that banks are in business to make a profit. They are not charities. No problem.

Shared Views: Fishing, Purpose and Food

Montana LandscapeHere’s a view I’m looking forward to seeing again this summer. This is near Alder, Montana, in the southwest part of the state. It will be my fourth trip to fly fish at Upper Canyon Outfitters, and I can’t wait. The fishing has always been great on the Ruby River. Even better, the people are just wonderful, so it’s like visiting friends.

This year promises to be extra special, too. The original plan was to go with a very good friend and his father. Now, my brother who has joined me on every other trip is coming along. And, as a bonus, we’re bringing his two sons back for their second trip. It’s hard to believe it’s been eight years since we all got together out there, but the last time was when I took everyone there to celebrate my 50th birthday.

Shared Views: PR, Personal Data & Culture

Southwest VistaThis is the view of San Francisco from the Vista Park just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. I took this one at about 6:30 a.m. on my way back home after picking up a friend at the airport.  It’s the only time I’ve pulled into that tourist parking area and I’d have missed this great scene if my friend hadn’t asked to stop. I guess I drive past this view so often that I was forgetting to stop and enjoy what a beautiful place I live in. I’m working on fixing that mistake by paying closer attention to what’s around me.

With that, here are some other views that got my attention this week:

Shared Views: 09-Feb-12

This picture was going to be the header for this blog until wiser people talked me out of it. That is the view from the deck off our living room. You’re looking down Tamalpais Valley and seeing the hills of Tiburon, CA. This was one of those mornings when the fog was clinging to San Francisco Bay and rising maybe 100 feet off the surface. Yes, I love this house! So, with this post, I’ll start sharing my view and views…

I keep bookmarking things with a tag to share and just haven’t gotten around to it. I need to change that and might as well start today with what I’m calling my “Shared Views.” It will be just things that strike me as interesting from the myriad of things I read each week, with a special focus on my friends who blog and teach me stuff every day.