July 5, 2006

Business Recovery Planning & Support

An article in Fast Company on Mastering Disaster mentioned that Gartner reports that 75 percent of large companies will have business recovery plans by 2007. I was surprised that the number was not closer to 95 percent considering that nearly all large companies were touched...

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June 30, 2006

Patterns and More Patterns

Ram Charan, management guru and wise counselor wrote the following in one of his books: "Exceptional business leaders do what no computer can do. They scan the external environment, and out of all the things that are going on in the world, they are able to...

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June 29, 2006

Interim CEOs

Time to mention our mini-analysis on Interim CEOs. I had noticed that there was an emerging class of CEOs -- Interim or Acting CEOs. After reviewing the number of Interim CEOs in publicly-held companies (there were two in privately-held companies) since 2003 and their financial...

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June 25, 2006

GM and Buffett and Gates

Priceless. The support from Warren Buffett for GM's CEO Rick Wagoner is symbolically displayed in Fortune. Buffet is standing next to the Cadillac DTS he bought as "one vote for the guy." All came about when Buffett sent Wagoner a note praising the auto CEO's...

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June 25, 2006

Starbucks’ Rumor Rapid Response

Saw that Starbucks has a Rumor Response effort. On June 7, 2006 they posted a statement about a false rumor that must be circulating. The rumor is that founder of Starbucks' Howard Schultz and/or the Starbucks Fund allegedly support the Israeli Army. As noted in...

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June 24, 2006

CEOs in Ads Make Comeback

Heard about some new automotive-advertisements coming to our TV sets. CEOs will have the starring roles. Have to wonder why now? I can't say that Detroit chiefs are known for grabbing the spotlight. Yes, there was Lee Iacocca but times have changed. Bill Ford of Ford...

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June 19, 2006

Reputation Recovery Plans

It is worth reading The New York Times' public editor's progress report on the paper's recovery of its integrity as the three year anniversary of fabricator Jayson Blair approaches in July. Public editor Byron Calame surveyed current Times members and spoke to others to query...

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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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