August 12, 2006

News to Go

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...

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August 12, 2006

Advertising that Grabs You

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...

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August 9, 2006

Reputation Stains

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,...

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August 6, 2006

CEO ASBOs and other Disorders

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...

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August 4, 2006

Photos Can Be Worth 1000 Words

Two articles are featured side by side in today's The New York Times (August 3) speaking more than 1,000 words. Talk about a reputational eyesore for Ford Motor Company. On the left side of the printed page is an article about GM launching a new line...

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July 30, 2006

CEOs: Born to Communicate

“My No. 1 job is to be a communicator,” says new Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz and reported in last Sunday's New York Times' article on CEO blogging. “I don’t understand how a C.E.O. would not blog if committed to open communication.” This statement echoes...

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July 30, 2006

The Butterfly Effect

I was reminded of the butterfly effect last week as I was preparing for a presentation on corporate reputation trends. The first definition in wikipedia says that "small variations of the initial condition of a dynamical system may produce large variations in the long-term behavior...

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July 29, 2006

Reputational Black Eyes

It seems that black eyes in the reputation space are fairly common. With the ubiquity of the Internet, it is hard to avoid them. Every company and industry has something it would rather not shine the spotlight on. The recent backdating of options has harmed...

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July 27, 2006

Succession at BP

The BP succession announcement that occurred this week raises several questions. On one hand, a company is not about a single individual (CEO Lord John Browne). True. On the other hand, leadership reputation matters significantly. Also true. The fact that Lord Browne has to retire...

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July 23, 2006

Weekend Business

I lost last night's entry about my weekend reading. I will try my best to recall what I wrote. Definitely annoying. Blogspot.com just shut down on me. My weekend reading was an interesting mix of CEO and company reputation items:An amazing interview with Home Depot's CEO...

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