About Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle is a partner and regional president for Ketchum, overseeing operations in New York, Boston, Midwest and Canada, and a member of the agency’s 19-member Global Leadership Council. He’s been part of the global Ketchum network for more than 20 years and counseled clients in a wide range of industries and services, helping global brands enhance their corporate reputation, launch products, merge or acquire new brands and navigate issues and crises. He is the co-chair of Omnicom’s OPEN Pride community, which promotes awareness, acceptance and advocacy for the network’s LGBT community by creating opportunities for leadership, visibility, community involvement, networking and business.

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Out & Standing

If you told the 24, or even 34 year-old version of me that one day I’d be sharing thoughts publicly on what Pride Month means to me I’d have called you crazy. Or worse, back then, misguided. My path to Pride hasn’t been clear or easy, and it’s probably been more private than some. The truth is, this 44 year-old is still figuring it all out, and every day gives me a chance to learn something new about myself, my community and our place in these evolving and complex times. So what Pride Month means to me is that how you define yourself doesn’t matter. What matters is that you stand up.

Because I “sat down” for a long time.

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When Does Cacophony Become Caca-phoney: ISO Authentic Leadership

I present these thoughts without political bias. Well, maybe I present them with a tiny bit of political bias, but with a big old helping of opinions about leadership. Consider this one guy’s observations about what it really means to be an authentic leader—oh, and basketball. I was recently traveling outside the U.S., which, in this case, meant that my sole source of broadcast television news (like, on an actual television) was CNN. It was fun to spend a week watching the U.S. news unfold from an international perspective. Until it also led me to the conclusion that despite our global position as an important and influential democracy, we in the U.S. are giving the rest of the world the impression that we’ve lost our minds.

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Maybe We Need to Call It ThanksShowing?

I was on a flight earlier this week and watched a man give up his seat in first class to a mother with her infant. As he graciously joined the rest of us back in coach, he probably noticed, like I did, the many passengers flipping through magazines with big turkeys on their covers heralding the Thanksgiving holiday. The connection hit me. Is it enough for us to just give thanks? This guy actually showed us what the holiday is all about (click to tweet).

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Look for the “Great Equalizers”

I spent the first week of 2015 in a New York hospital. The details aren’t important – all’s well, thanks to some talented people and good meds. But thanks to the experience, my perspective on leadership has changed in a way I didn’t expect.

For the first 48 hours of my stay my bed was in the hallway, beneath bright fluorescent lights, amid the rush hour of human hospital traffic. It didn’t matter what I did for a living or what insurance I had or what kind of car I drove. In that hospital, I was no more or less important than the college kid with food poisoning or the grandfather with COPD. My meals were served on paper trays (the plastic ones were saved for the patients with actual rooms), and I did what I was told. Doctor’s and nurse’s orders.

It was humbling, and illuminated for me some powerful truths – I’ll call them three of many “great equalizers.” Lately I’ve been thinking about how these equalizers apply to leadership.

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Disconnect to Connect? Finding My Way Back Ohm

Finding your way back Ohm

I picked up the February 3rd issue of TIME Magazine at a New York subway newsstand because its cover, “The Mindful Revolution: The Science of Finding Focus in a Stressed-out, Multitasking Culture” was less of a lure and more of a dare.

Ironically, I didn’t make time to read it until last night – too busy, or so I told myself. I won’t retell the strong work by reporter Kate Pickert, because if you’re taking the time to read this, you should take a few minutes more to read her article too. Pickert’s article details the growing body of evidence that suggests being mindful – that is, fully present, conscious and focused in any circumstance – can positively impact our decision-making. Learning how to achieve this state may be, “the keys to surviving and succeeding in the 21st century.”

At a time when technology allows us, or often forces us, to process information in rapid succession without ample time for preparation or thoughtful consideration, we tend to judge ourselves on the ability to react and make decisions in real-time. Pickert cites a program run by former General Mills executive Janice Marturano, author of “Finding the Space To Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership.” Pickert describes Marturano’s point of view as, “Most leaders … feel besieged by long work hours and near constant connectivity. For those people, there seems to be no time to zero-in on what’s important or plan ahead.

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Wisdom: Lost, Then Found

The moral of this story: sometimes wisdom hits you at the most unexpected times.

A few weeks ago, at the ripe old age of not-a-teenager-anymore, I had all four wisdom teeth removed.  True story: I was scheduled to have the procedure done on September 12, 2001.  For obvious reasons, that didn’t happen, and I waited 11 years to make another appointment.  This experience was grueling, but surprisingly reinforced for me a few lessons about client service.  Because in this case, I was the “client” and had the pleasure of receiving some top-notch service.  I walked away with swollen cheeks, and the following reminders:

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Three Public Relations Lessons from the Oscars

It’s been a number of days since Oscar spread his gold dust over the select few in Hollywood, as well as those of us who watched on couches, not in couture.

This year, I realized that the Oscars offer those of us in public relations some lessons worth pondering over a few handfuls of popcorn…

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