Mending Reputation & An Act of Kindness

April 02, 2008

Mending Reputation & An Act of Kindness

Have been saving this quote for my blog. Remember Jean-Marie Messier of Vivendi Universal fame. He lost his CEO-ship when the company found itself $35 billion in debt in 2002. He is now the head of an acquisitions advisory in New York, Messier Partners. The former CEO has had a comeback and once again we see that people can restore their reputations, including damaged CEOs. Messier is quoted in Time (3.24.08) as saying:
“The U.S. is the country of the second chance–where there isn’t so much jealousy, and if you’ve had problems that you try to rebound from, everyone will applaud and will try to help.”

Interestingly, despite all the negative press and approval ratings chatter about French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s reputation, Messier is quoted as saying that Sarkozy is the one politico who still met with him after his ouster. I thought that this type of behavior speaks to a good character trait in the Sarkozy profiling.

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Leslie Gaines-Ross
Leslie Gaines-Ross
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As Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist, I focus on the ever changing world of reputation. For the past 25 years, I have relentlessly observed, researched and commented on the rise and fall of reputations.

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