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Protocol, Etiquette, and Authentic Image Management

By Jon Michail   We engage in protocol and etiquette daily; whether we do so effectively or not is another matter.   Observing protocol and etiquette is about much more than just knowing which fork to use at a dinner party – although if you do find yourself dining...

Gillard trashes Brand Australia

This week’s leadership crisis in the Australian Labor party has further revealed the political disgrace masquerading as sound management by the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her colleagues. “I want to thank everyone for their continuing support of me, as...

The lunatics are running the asylum… an on-going saga.

Last month a series of media articles highlighted the craziness of the “nanny state” and how its promoters are planning many more new initiatives to come. They are linked as follows:...

Lance Armstrong’s re-branding starts with Oprah

Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France  champion officially commences his re-branding campaign with an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show later this week. According to media reports he is expected to admit to doping throughout his career in an attempt to save...

Woolies opt for denim

Woolworths Australia has changed its dress code and gone denim. In our opinion, this policy will not survive in the long term. Our reasons for this are varied. However, for the sake of this article, we note that in turbulent economic climate, denim as a uniform does...

Torrid Times – A Lesson in Toxic Leadership

By Jon-Michail Once upon a time, there was an up-and-coming young fellow by the name of Frank Torred. He had ideas, imagination and enthusiasm and his ambition to become a top businessman was encouraged without reservation by his loving parents. He gained a BA, an MBA...