Not Much for Browsing


I like to tell people that I have had few jobs in my life: the Peace Corps, a public interest not for profit lobbying group, a large D.C.-based government contracting company and Vanguard Communications.

This week, I celebrated 20 years at the latter via a little ceremony at our firm’s monthly staff meeting. And as [...]

Purple Round-Up: December 6, 2013


While Pinterest launched ‘Place Pins’ to help pinners plan their trips and Google+ modernized telethons with charity Hangout-a-thon on #GivingTuesday, Vanguard was busy this week too.

We celebrated #GivingTuesday by continuing to help our friends at Bread for the City. Thanks to many generous donors and staff members, we were able to meet our fundraising goal [...]

In Memoriam: Nelson Mandela, Expert Forgiveness Communicator


When anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990 after serving more than 25 years in solitary confinement, no one expected him to be a champion of forgiveness. However, when elected the first black president of South Africa in 1994, Mandela called for exactly that.

Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Today, the world lost a [...]

Bridging the Generational Divide With Words


Back in the dark ages of the early 1990s, when I was still fairly new to the business world, a book by Roger Axtell debuted to much acclaim. “Do’s and Taboos Around the World” advised business leaders about what they should and shouldn’t do when dealing with foreign businessmen (because, really, it was mostly men [...]

“Zealot” Author Offers Interviewing Lessons in Recent Fox News Interview


Since BuzzFeed asked whether this was the most embarrassing interview ever, media aficionados can’t stop talking about Fox News Lauren Green’s controversial interview with Reza Aslan, author of the book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.”

In spite of the controversy stirred by their exchange, there are two key lessons [...]