PR is a Promise for the Future

Interesting quotes taken from a piece in Fortune

Magazine by Muhtar Kent, the retiring CEO of Coca-Cola. 

 

There are some comments he makes in the story about leadership that deserve more attention, and are linked to PR. PR establishes a position for companies that they must grow into and deliver on.

 

Re: starting points... "Over nearly 40 years in business, I've often said that doing an excellent job is only the starting point - the foundation. It's about creating the conditions to sustainably repeat success. And, in this case, success is connected to making a promise into the future without a predetermined outcome - and then taking action to deliver on that promise."

 

Re: brand promises... "At its heart, Coca-Cola is a brand business, and our brands are nothing more than promises. If a good brand is a promise, then a great brand is a promise kept. Keeping our promises means never falling into the traps of complacency and arrogance while always being open to change and improvement ... In the last few years, we've taken a step back to look at our business and examine how we can become faster, more entrepreneurial, and more efficient."

 

Re: building for the future... "It has also been important for me to maintain a long-term perspective on creating value for stakeholders, something many might think would come naturally in a business with 130 years of history. But nothing is automatic. When I spoke during our share owners meeting last year, I explained that we're building this business not only for the next quarter, but also for the next quarter of a century. To me, making such a statement really comes down to doing what's right and necessary now so that our future prospects are not harmed, but enhanced."

 

These key notes are brought to you by:

Joe YazbeckInternationally published best selling author, speaker and coach

There is much more to learn in becoming a commanding and confident speaker and leader. 

For all of the No Fear Speaking materials and services go to www.nofearspeaking.com or call 727 489 2349.

 

Major General (ret), USAF David J. Scott says,  "Forty years ago I received a book titled "Tongue and Quill" in the processing line of the US Air Force Academy. We were told anything we needed to know about effective communication was between its covers. It remains the definitive reference for USAF officers today. Loaded with wit, humor, and insight, "No Fear Speaking" challenges T&Q as the ultimate guide for speakers struggling to master the art of reaching an audience."

Joe Yazbeck 

International Speaker & Coach