On the minds of corporate communicators

April 15, 2010

On the minds of corporate communicators

Picture1         We just released Chief Communications Officers: First 100 Days, an “e-book”  reflecting advice from dozens of veteran corporate communications officers (CCOs) around the world on how best to navigate their first 100 days. This mini-book is a favorite of mine because early tenures are a topic that interest me greatly. My first book on a CEO’s early tenure, CEO Capital, describes many of the same challenges and advice on how to hit the ground running.  For corporate communications officers, those first few weeks are critical because a crisis could arise at any moment and communications is always front and center these days. Therefore “onboarding” (a new HR term) needs to go smoothly because every day could be a red flag day.
Because we regularly survey corporate communications officers around the world, this e-book seemed like a natural extension of our insights on this rapidly rising and influential position.  In our last survey, we learned that nearly 6 out of 10 CCOs (58%) in Fortune 500 companies now report to the CEO. This was a 10 percent increase from the year earlier. The e-book captures advice in CCOs’ own words on do’s and don’ts for those newly coming on board and what to avoid so as not to derail the best of plans.

When we asked CCOs what the three greatest challenges were, this one response seemed to sum it all up:

1. Reputation management in an era of deterioration of traditional media,

2. Increasing effectiveness of voices of outrage, and

3. Light speed evolution of social media.

If anyone has additional advice, please send it this way and enjoy the book. (If you need a pdf of the book, write to me at lgaines-ross@webershandwick.com).


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Leslie Gaines-Ross
Leslie Gaines-Ross

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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