November 15, 2015

Company behind the brand matters

Came across an illuminating research report by Stanford Business School, Trust and Consequences: A Survey of Berkshire Hathaway Operating Managers, by David Larcker and Brian Tayan. They surveyed the CEOs of approximately 80 Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries. It's an ingenious idea because how often have business people...

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November 14, 2015

Social President, Dad-First

Thought it was interesting that President Obama started a personal Facebook page. See here. I of course zeroed in on a few things. First, I liked how he described himself as a Dad first in the About part. Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States. Comments and...

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November 13, 2015

The truth about crisis

  "One, even  a really terrible situation can get worse, and two, poor leadership can do more damage than anyone would imagine." Two truths about crisis from Geoff Colvin of Fortune in his Power Sheet newsletter.  Very powerful and very true....

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November 11, 2015

The gender tipping point

In our recent study on gender equality in the executive ranks, we posited that gender balance would become a prime driver of reputation in the years to come. I would say we are on the cusp on that happening soon. The report provides reasons why that is...

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November 8, 2015

CxOs Predicting the Future

Here's a positive look at thought leadership. Thought leadership always fascinates me because everyone is a thought leader today (or at least they think they are). In an amazingly robust study by IBM among more than 5,000 CxOs, these high placed executives were asked what resources...

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November 1, 2015

Humble as pie CEOs

Humble CEOs. Former Schering-Plough CEO Fred Hassan says it is "the flavor du jour" these days. A recent article in the WSJ reports that humble CEOs are prized because they listen well, admit when they're wrong and share the spotlight. Our research too on what builds CEO...

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October 31, 2015

CEO-made emoticon

I was out of my office for a few days on business -- doing my CEO First 100 Days introduction to an incoming CEO. When I returned to my office, I found this post-it note on my desk. Andy Polansky, CEO of Weber Shandwick, left...

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October 26, 2015

Gender media-wise

You can probably tell that I am deeply immersed in how gender equality at the C-level of organizations is going to become a strong reputation driver as the war for talent heats up even more, more lists on best places for women to work evolve and...

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October 23, 2015

Gender Equality in the Upper Ranks

The universe of female executives and CEOs is very small: Just 5% of U.S. FORTUNE 500 and 4% of FTSE companies are run by women. On a global basis, just 9% of CEOs and managing directors are women.  We at Weber Shandwick just recently released our own information...

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