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RESPONDING IS LOSING: How Trump, Zuckerberg and China Out-Play Us

Something needs to be said about the strategy of response: It’s a loser’s game. Responding to an attack, rant, brag, insult or lie – whether planned or improvised – seldom slows or stops aggressors. More often it revives them. Consider four examples: TRUMP PLAYS When President Trump decries Democrats as far-left fascists he stirs the […]

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What's the Ontogeny of Your Ontology?

Good readers of The Elements of Influence know of my father's own influence on the making of The Standard Table of Influence Strategies.  He's Dr.

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Decoding Donald™

Trump's Lesson for Communicators: Be Fast

For all the plays that President Donald Trump runs it might be speed more than strategy that gives the president his unique political edge. Even when he’s been beaten. In the wake of a midterm thumping, Trump delivered another clinic in perception management and information warfare. By 8 a.m., he tweeted to House Democrats that […]

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