November 5, 2006

The Reputation Club Expands

I have previously written about the handful of people with "reputation" in their titles, including yours truly. This mini- or should I say micro-club has just learned about a new member. SABMiller plc, the leading global brewer, announced the appointment of a Head of Reputation and...

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November 3, 2006

Confidence in Business Heading Downward

U.S News and Harvard conduct a leadership poll each year among Americans. Not surprisingly, confidence in business leadership is devastatingly low and still declining. The public's confidence is highest for the military and medical professions although barely reaching scores above "moderate." Other areas witnessing slipping...

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November 1, 2006

Reputation Loss

Bill Barnhart of the Chicago Tribune had an interesting article today. He cited one particular presentation by Jonathan Karpoff, a finance professor at the University of Washington's School of Business. Karpoff was speaking about the relationship between business ethical conduct and share price at the...

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October 29, 2006

Early Warning Signs — Your Reputation Is In Danger

Early warning systems are increasingly important to companies who want to safeguard their reputations. An email from Nathan Gilliatt in response to our survey (Safeguarding Reputation) alerted me to a telling example of the benefits of early warning systems that went beyond the usual...

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October 26, 2006

Safeguarding Reputation

We just launched our new global survey on safeguarding reputation. You can find the press release here as well as the executive summary that provides greater depth. The survey, Safeguarding Reputation™, examines the full range of reputation issues and covers such topics as what drives...

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October 21, 2006

Reputation on Trial

Are Sony's Battery Woes Bound for Court? That was the headline in a recent BusinessWeek (October 16, 2006). What particularly interested me was that Toshiba and Fujitsu are considering suing Sony for damage to their respective "brand images." Sony's faulty battery flap created a recall...

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October 18, 2006

A Healthy Dose of Optimism

I am speaking on CEO transitions at an industry event tomorrow. As a way of getting my mind wrapped around CEOdom, I went through my library of CEO and reputation quotes that I collect and cite from time to time. Since CEO transitions always involve...

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October 13, 2006

CEO Departures

Believe me, I was surprised. We analyzed the turnover rate of Fortune 500 CEOs and found that the departure rate declined 16 percent since 2005. Check out the press release on on www.webershandwick.com. Big change from the soaring CEO churn we are all used over...

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October 10, 2006

The Living Annual Report

I wrote this article which appeared in PRWeek (10/09/2006). I thought that I would share it since it is an idea that has arrived. The annual report cover from Engelhard popped out at me. Annual Reports could use some Life For PR firms...

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October 8, 2006

Who Wants to Be CEO? Forget Balance

I came across a fascinating survey in Knowledge at Wharton's most recent newsletter. The survey by Families and Work Institute, a non-profit organization, found fewer people interested in reaching the top rungs of corporate America. Most of the research that I have done over the...

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