August 2006

"Leadership transitions have all the interest of a wake, a birth and a wedding all rolled into one,” says Judith McLaughlin, Harvard professor and expert on university searches. Her quote (which I saved) made me think about how every CEO departure triggers a corporate drama regardless...

I have to say that sometimes it just gets plain funny. There are so many forms of CEO-bashing today that it has become a legitimate sport. I recall one study concluding that most CEOs are sociopaths at heart. Another found that CEOs tend to have...

Several years ago I came across the Cisco website and was so impressed with a CEO monthly calendar that kept track of employee breakfasts. As a keeper of all things large and small when it comes to CEOs, I used the calendar in presentations to...

BusinessWeek's entire double issue this week is about competition (August 21/28). There are several interesting facts about what it takes to win according to their poll of 2,500 American managers and executives. One question was about who would make a better CEO? The choices were...

Worth reading the letters to Fortune about their cover story on Jack Welch no longer being the management sage. They are in the August 21, 2006 issue and on Fortune's website. Fortune got what they wanted -- lots of publicity and reader discussion. Welch responded...

Was reading a fascinating Harvard Business School case study on Egon Zehnder International, the executive search consultant. The firm has a very distinct culture that is worth emulating. The case study describes the history of the firm and its focus on partnership and collaboration. I...

The Pew Research Center just released new research on July 30, 2006, "Maturing Internet News Audience -- Broader than Deep." There was alot of fascinating information about Americans' news habits, not all encouraging. In 1993, 58% reported reading a newspaper vs. 40% today. Broadcast...

Some advertising can resonate profoundly. When I first saw Dow's new advertising in an issue of BusinessWeek, I just stopped. All I could think about was who could I share this excitement with. I have a bunch of reputation cronies who delight in big believable...

I went to Factiva today to see how many articles in the past three months mentioned BP and reputation. There were 143. The news today about BP shutting down its Alaska field was front page news. Despite the "smudge" or "smear" on its reputation,...

I received a Google Alert about mounting ASBOs in the U.K. To my embarrassment, I was not aware of this term and turned to wikipedia for a definition. (See below)In the United Kingdom an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO (pronounced az-bo)) is a civil order made...