January 1, 2018

Trends in Reputation: Looking Ahead in 2018

2017 was a year like no other for soul-searching issues such as worldwide movements toward populism, concerns over sexual harassment in the workplace, starving polar bears and bots spreading fake news — to name just a few. From the looks of it, most of these...

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October 4, 2017

CEO Activism: What We Have Learned So Far in 2017

I wanted to share this piece I wrote for Harvard Business Review on what we have learned about CEO and corporate activism so far. We've been consistently monitoring the dynamic of CEOs speaking out on some of the hot button issues of the day. In...

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August 13, 2017

Reconciling Hate

Well, I was relieved to see that the word "hate" had fewer mentions than "love" when I searched on Google. That might change over the next few days as people try to reconcile what happened in Charlottesville yesterday.  In our Civility in America study with...

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August 6, 2017

What CEOs Can Talk About when Activated

In our survey on CEO activism this year, we were curious as to which topics Americans thought appropriate for CEOs to talk about. Not every topic is ripe for CEO activism. The findings were interesting and track with what is most probably on people’s minds.Overall...

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July 29, 2017

CEO Activism in Millennials’ Eyes

As you know if you follow me, I am particularly intrigued by this newest strain of CEO visibility and engagement which has emerged and is rapidly evolving – CEO activism. We at Weber Shandwick along with KRC Research have been examining this phenomenon for some...

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July 23, 2017

A radical kind of brand activism

There is always time for a first when it comes to CEO Activism. First we had the CEOs in opposition to the anti LGBT laws in 2016. Then we had CEOs against the Trump ban on immigration. Then we had the advertisers pulling ads from...

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July 17, 2017

Work as a refuge

I wanted to share this post that I wrote for HBR on this idea I had on Sanctuary Companies or Work as a Refuge. It is based on our Civility in America ongoing research with Powell Tate and KRC Research and the learning that work...

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June 17, 2017

Uncivil Nation

The reputation of the United States is going south. In the recent Civility in America survey, our seventh wave since 2010, Weber Shandwick with Powell Tate and KRC Research found that American voters agreed that political incivility affects the reputation of the U.S. (86%); that uncivil comments...

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May 8, 2017

Handling a Crisis

McKinsey just released a report on how companies can prepare for corporate crises and why it is critical for such readiness. There are some notable pieces of advice that I wanted to share. Since we manage crises often at Weber Shandwick, I feel fairly schooled...

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April 30, 2017

Nameless faceless CEOs

The headline was America’s Invisible Bosses and naturally I was curious. The research by APPrise Mobile found that nearly one quarter (23%) of Americans who work in companies with over 500 employees (midsized) were not sure whether they could name their CEO. This was more...

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