Kaepernick’s ‘sacrifice’ campaign ensures his place in history

When Barack Obama became President of the United States in 2009, it felt like a watershed moment for the country.

After a history of slavery, civil rights abuses and race riots, Obama’s inauguration was meant to see the U.S. transformed into a nation of integration, establishing it as the land of equal opportunity and the free that it had always positioned itself as being.

And yet President Obama’s departure has seen civil unrest grow, talk of walls being built and children separated from parents in a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Is it any wonder, then, that Colin Kaepernick the former San Francisco 49ers quarter-back, refused to stand for the national anthem in 2016, prompting a national debate about freedom of speech, civil rights and the state of the nation and putting himself at the centre of a national storm of controversy?

Can Ben Stokes restore his reputation after brawl scandal?

There’s no doubt that Ben Stokes is one of the best cricketers in England right now.

He’s been compared to Sir Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff because of his skill with bat and ball and the ability to change matches, battling to win games with passion and commitment.

But Stokes' reputation has taken a battering after he was filmed having a fight at a Bristol nightclub last year just hours after a match and the images of the fight, of bruised faces and his arrest all brought him and, more importantly, cricket, into disrepute.

Was Mesut Ozil right to make such a bold statement about his treatment in Germany?

As an Arsenal fan, I get to watch Mesut Ozil regularly and I have to admit, his somewhat languid style often gives the impression that he is not fighting as hard as he might for the team.

When Germany went out in the Group stages of the World Cup for the first time since 1938, criticism seemed to focus on Ozil, which was compounded by his pre-tournament meeting with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which had prompted questions about his loyalty to the German team.

No matter that he has almost 100 caps, he helped Germany win the World Cup in 2014, that he has played for some of the biggest clubs in the world and been voted Germany player of the year five times, three of which since 2014.

He is still a global star and a role model for millions and the line between an innocent photo opportunity and political propaganda is extremely thin and his meeting with Erdogan made him an easy target but writing a detailed statement about his treatment was absolutely the right thing for Ozil to do…

Elon Musk Tweet Storm shows the need to balance authenticity with authority

Authenticity is a fundamental element of communications.

While CEOs have to focus on the day job, growing businesses and increasing profits while satisfying shareholders, staff, customers and the greater good, communicating directly via social media channels now helps them to stay in touch, to appear human and to see what their stakeholders are saying.

Tesla and Space X founder Elon Musk has significantly upped his Twitter usage in recent months and has more than 22m followers, no doubt entertained by his rambunctious tone.

Sometimes nicknamed the real-life Iron Man because of his love for innovative technology, Musk also seems to have a thin skin if anyone criticises him or his companies…

Five communications lessons from England manager Gareth Southgate

There’s always been huge expectation about the England football team.

Tournament after tournament, the England team have disappointed or fallen short, most often after the lottery of a penalty shoot-out.

Ahead of the World Cup in Russia this summer, it’s fair to say that the level of expectation was not as high as for previous squads, although England’s early Group stage victories resulted in the inevitable declarations that “It’s coming home!”

But there is no doubt that Gareth Southgate has been a revelation since taking over as England coach.