New Business Briefings from Korn/Ferry

December 02, 2009

New Business Briefings from Korn/Ferry

   Just downloaded parts of Korn/Ferry’s new quarterly magazine that was just launched for CEOs, board members and other top officers. The magazine is written by Korn/Ferry consultants along with renowned journalists from the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Economist, Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal, as well as distinguished authors and academics. It is a handsomely produced publication with a broad collection of articles.  The articles on talent and leadership range from succession planning at McDonald’s, corporate governance, crisis leadership from the CEO of American Express, and an article on Hong Kong based trading company Li & Fung Group.  As I thumbed through the pages, I even found business cartoons which I am not embarrassed to say are always fun and uplifting. The articles are serious, informative and timely.  I read the article by Glenn Rifkin on Warren Bennis titled The CEO Whisperer.  Perfect title for Bennis who is a legend in management circles.  Bennis is quoted as saying that one of the things lacking in most companies today is time to reflect on what went wrong and why.  I fully agree that there are not enough debriefings nowadays. I remarked in my book on reputation recovery how the Army has After Action Reviews in order to make sure that mistakes are not made twice. Similarly, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigates airline crashes and other transportation accidents with a focus on finding the cause – not who is at fault.  
I intend to read the rest as the week goes on. Might find something on reputation that will be useful for my work. If not, I will make a suggestion that they consider it when the next quarter rolls around.

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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 corporate and CEO reputations.

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