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Conveying Leadership Remotely

April 25th, 2020 Vern Oakley

What does COVID-19 mean for your communication strategy? A key strength of a corporate video communication is its ability to showcase human authenticity and steady, confident qualities of leadership. Delivering that message becomes even more important in times of disruption and uncertainty, as witnessed during the current COVID-19 outbreak. “It’s a scary time for everyone,” […]

Lessons from Leading a Global Network

August 26th, 2019 Vern Oakley

One of the most popular Super Bowl commercials of all time ran back in 2000. Created for the technology company EDS – now a part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise – it featured grizzled cowboys on the range, talking in a casual, off-the-cuff style about what it’s like to drive a herd of felines across the open plains.

Sharing Your Story in Small Doses or Large

February 7th, 2017 Vern Oakley

Video’s power to forge a personal connection with viewers can’t be overstated. The medium offers huge potential to break down the barriers between you and your tribe, especially if you’re in the top rungs of a large organization. When you can’t sit down to lunch with everyone and learn their name, you need to show them your human side in some other way.

Uncomfortable On Camera? Here’s How to Find Your Groove.

January 24th, 2017 Vern Oakley

Video’s growing popularity puts major pressure on leaders to get in front of the camera. Kudos if you’re already communicating through film. You’re ahead of many of your competitors who are still holding back. But don’t worry if you haven’t joined the movement yet.

Press Release: Leadership in Focus

January 10th, 2017 Scott McDowell

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Leadership in Focus: Bringing Out Your Best on Camera by Vern Oakley Lights, Camera and, Most Importantly…ACTION! THE GO-TO GUIDE FOR SUCCESSFULLY INSPIRING YOUR ‘TRIBE’ AND RALLYING OTHERS AROUND YOUR MESSAGE We live in a visual society. Instead of words, we’re using emojis; instead of jokes, we send memes and gifs; and, for many companies, the […]

One of the Best Leadership Decisions This CEO’s Ever Made

January 4th, 2017 Vern Oakley

Accenture’s CEO for North America, Julie Sweet, made a bold move when she took over the reigns. “When I became CEO about 18 months ago, I banned the memo,” Sweet told CNBC. “I said, ‘I’m going to use webcast. I’m going to use video.'” She called it one of the best decisions she’s ever made.

Using a Roundtable Discussion to Deliver a Dynamic Message

October 21st, 2016 Vern Oakley

It’s essential for leaders to connect with employees in their videos. That’s because every video can be a powerful tool. Employees look to leaders to set the culture of a company. A leader needs to be authentic, relatable, and strong, whether they’re in a boardroom with just a handful of people or appearing on a video for thousands of employees.

Your Company Are Humans

September 28th, 2016 Vern Oakley

I recently read an article by a British consultant discussing his work with corporate clients. I was once again struck by the British English use of the plural when referring to collective nouns, in this case large companies. So, for instance, while in American English collective nouns are almost always singular (“Proctor & Gamble is a master of innovation,” or “The government has failed in its effort.