April 18, 2017

Welcome to Liz Dunshee!

I’m very excited to announce that Liz Dunshee has joined us as an Editor for our sites. Liz is an “all-star” in every sense of that word, as you’ll soon find out. She’s based in Minneapolis – her email address is included in her bio if you want to drop a line. She’ll be blogging soon enough.

Given her tender age, Liz is poised to take over this enterprise from me someday – when either my paws can’t hammer this keyboard anymore or I refuse to write “conflict minerals” one more time…

Did you know? The term “conflict minerals” has been mentioned in over 200 entries in this blog! #ThoughtThisWasaSecuritiesLawJob

White Collar Crime in a Post-Bharara World

Here’s some analysis of where the SDNY might be headed in the wake of Preet Bharara’s ouster:

MarketWatch’s “After Bharara, what to expect on Wall Street enforcement”
NY Post’s “Preet Bharara’s exit may not be what it seems”
NY Times’ “Preet Bharara: ‘Sheriff of Wall Street’ or Pragmatic Showman?”
NY Times’ “Bharara’s Firing Echoes Furor Over Past Prosecutors’ Dismissals”
Salon’s “Is Preet Bharara trying to tell us something?”

Book Review: How to Make An Effective Corporate Video

Recently, I read the new book by Vern Oakley entitled “Leadership in Focus: Bringing Out Your Best on Camera.” For those that watched my “Usable Proxy Workshop” a few years back (the video archives from that excellent event are still available), you’ll remember Vern as the filmmaker that helps many companies with their corporate videos. This new book is easy to read, filled with interesting anecdotes & stories to bring home the points that Vern wants to make. My favorite type of book!

Here’s some of my favorite chapters, along with an explanation about why I feel that way:

1. “Speak from Your Heart: Connect with Millions“: A more humanizing presentation holds the viewer’s attention & helps connects them to your ideas. Too many videos – and blogs! – are bereft of any humanity. You want the video to feel “authentic” (but not sharing too much, of course – share what’s appropriate).
2. “Nobody Wants Perfect“: Building authenticity means bringing your guard down a little. Show some vulnerability. That shows courage. Your flaws can motivate people to listen to you more closely.
3. “The Leader Has No Clothes“: There is no failure, only feedback. And you want to provide feedback, not criticism. Empathy builds trust. If your trusted advisors aren’t offering the kind of objective feedback you want, share this book!
4. “Anatomy of an Effective Video“: Good practical stuff!

Broc Romanek