June 17, 2006

CEO Preservation Society

This week I was talking to a friend of mine, Rob Duboff. Rob is CEO and founder of HawkPartners, a marketing and communications strategy company. He is very knowledgeable about leadership trends and offhandedly mentioned that what the world needed today was a CEO Preservation...

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June 15, 2006

The Reputation of the USA & Assorted Other Startling News

The Pew Research Center released new survey findings today that show that the reputation of the U.S. continues to decline. The Iraq war is one of the major factors impacting world opinion. The decline in America's reputation is particularly acute in Spain, India, Russia, Indonesia...

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June 13, 2006

Comeback Brands

Found myself reading an article today about Intel in the Mercury News. The title was "Intel at Its Best in the Eye of the Storm" by Dean Takahsahi. He was making the point that some companies do best when their backs are against the wall....

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June 10, 2006

Hillary’s Acknowledgement

Today's New York Times covered Hillary Clinton's strategy to recast her ill-conceived 1994 universal health coverage plan within a framework of Lessons Learned. Knowing that a presidential bid may well be in her future, the New York senator wisely put her own personal "spin" [I...

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June 9, 2006


Although I wrote this entry last night, blogger.com had technical problems and I lost my post. Will do my best to recollect my thoughts. I collect different ways of talking about reputation. Right now, "reputation risk" is ubiquitious. There are over 38 million mentions of reputation...

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June 4, 2006

Building Leaders

Leadership is a critical driver of business today. Making sure that a company has the right team in place is important for growth and sustainability In a recent McKinsey Quarterly, an interesting example was highlighted. The CEO of a global company asked his 20-person top team...

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June 3, 2006

Single CEO/Chairman at Goldman Sachs

I was intrigued by Goldman Sachs' decision to give CEO-elect Lloyd Blankfein the title of both chairman and chief executive. When the announcement was made that current chairman and CEO Hank Paulson was nominated to be Secretary of the Treasury, media speculation was that Blankfein...

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June 2, 2006

Typical Day in CEO World

Today's Wall Street Journal Who's News page could not have been more typical. I had the page open on my desk to read about why the Statoil chairman was taking his name off the list of potential candidates when I noticed what was below. (Turns...

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June 2, 2006

Rebuilding Reputation

Boeing's CEO Jim McNerney has his work cut out for himself in restoring the aircraft company's tarnished reputation after several years of embarrassing scandals. He is making some smart moves. As a symbolic gesture, he eliminated "World Headquarters" from the Chicago main offices and renamed...

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May 31, 2006

Responsibility Trumps All Else

WSJ Columnist James Stewart who also writes for Smart Money had a few choice words to say today (31 May 2006) about how he picks stocks: "The Enron story is a sobering reminder that management integrity is the foundation of financial success. Since the Enron fraud...

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