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April 1, 2015

The Great Workplace Era Has Arrived

The Great Place to Work Institute has officially declared the arrival of the Great Workplace Era. Their research director, Ed Frauenheim, wrote about it in Workforce and I’m all ears if it is true. As they see it, “Increasingly, workplaces will make the world better...

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March 28, 2015

Higher-Ambition Boards

A client turned me onto the concept of Higher-Ambition leaders and I’ve kept the article close. It outlines what drives great corporate reputations and the kinds of CEOs that lead them. Higher-ambition CEOs are stakeholder-centered and purpose-driven. Their sense of purpose goes hand in hand...

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March 24, 2015

Bench Strength Reputation Counts

The CEO is not the only leader who influences corporate reputation. In our recent study on the CEO reputation premium, more than four in 10 global executives (44%) believe a company’s reputation is influenced a great deal by senior management other than the CEO.The importance...

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March 21, 2015

New CEO in Town

There's a new CEO in town at Target -- Brian Cornell -- and Fortune provides a glimpse of what he has been doing in his first 100 days or so. His activities are worth noting since first impressions count when CEOs take office. He is...

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March 19, 2015

Quotes I Like

When we launched our new research on CEO reputation a few weeks ago, we had an engaging panel discussing the newly emerging humble CEO. Our research identified this new type of CEO that is more about the collective whole and less about self-aggrandizement. One of...

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March 17, 2015

All-Hands Meetings for All, All the Time

Interesting thought. I read that all-hands meetings are now expected in technology companies, whether small or large. CEOs are now expected to show up often and show up in person or via skype or video link. And they are expected to answer all sorts of...

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March 15, 2015

Sustainable Advantage No More

I read this quote attributed to Michael Porter, the economist, researcher, author, advisor, speaker and teacher at Harvard Business School and very renown. It is so true and yet so disheartening about what once was. “Michael Porter used to talk about ‘sustainable competitive advantage’. There is no ‘sustainable’...

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March 13, 2015

What goes into corporate reputation?

In our new global research on CEO reputation that we just released, we asked several questions on corporate reputation in general.  How could I resist? Interestingly, nearly nine in 10 executives (86%) consider the reputations of their companies to be strong. However, fewer than four...

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March 4, 2015

CEO Fears

I always wonder what makes CEOs scared. Who wouldn't? The impression they give is that they are always up to the task. This research from Vantage Hill Partners just appeared in HBR's weekly bulletin and describes what CEOs are most afraid of. It is based...

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