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October 3, 2015

Good company, good target

Have you wondered like me why firms that are good end up being good targets? Is being number 2 easier than being number 1? Maybe so. Fortune calls this the “good company, good target” phenomenon. In short, the more virtuous the company, the more problematic....

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September 27, 2015

CEOs committing to digital’s promise

In a new McKinsey executive report, turns out that CEOs are most often mentioned as standing behind the digital revolutions in their companies. And over the three years of the study, CEO sponsorship of digital platforms increased whereas engagement and involvement among other C-Level titles went mostly nowhere. Board members...

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September 26, 2015

How’s American Business Doing?

Just Capital, an independent non-profit co-founded in 2014 by billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones II, just released a survey among 43,000 Americans on how well corporate America is doing. The consensus seems to be not so well. Only 41% of all Americans reported that they...

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September 20, 2015

Smart Culture Building Blocks

Was reading an article in Fortune by Jennifer Reingold about Angela Ahrendts, the senior vice president of online and retail stores at Apple.  For those unfamiliar, she was the CEO of Burberry before going to Apple. There are several terrific quotes about building a great culture and initiatives to...

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September 19, 2015

CEOs doing the right thing

Saw this on Instagram and thought it was a great tribute to someone's dad and long tenure (38 years) at DuPont. The part that stuck out for me was the #eventheCEOthankedhim. I believe that's CEO Ellen Kullman in the left hand corner. Nice touch. ...

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September 15, 2015

Where CEO mentions in press releases get you

I have been meaning to write about some compelling research that came out of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business by Elizabeth Blankespoor and Ed deHaan. The title of their research captures the question they explored which is—CEO Visibility: Are Media Stars Born or Made?...

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September 12, 2015

New CEOs…stats and facts

New CEOs. A topic I think about and work on a lot! Because how CEOs are transitioned reflects on the reputation of the company. And because our new research found that 45% of a company’s reputation is attributed to the reputation of the CEO. Last weekend...

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September 7, 2015

CEO Joins Facebook

Big news this past week when CEO Mary Barra of GM started a Facebook page (see above). Great to see her communicating via social. What I liked best however was the picture of her with volunteers to a GM program (see below). It could not...

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August 30, 2015

Reputacion in Mexico

Just returned from Mexico City where Weber Shandwick opened a new office as part of our LatAm network.  We held a terrific event to officially officially declare that we are open for business! At the spectacular breakfast event, we released our results on CEO and corporate...

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