June 11, 2016

First 100 Days Advice from the world of Sports

Advice from the newly named president of the Harlem Globetrotters on the first 100 days. The writer of the article sums up the new president's counsel saying that leaders must pivot forward to the next decade by focusing on “to be” goals and “to do” goals. Smith is saying: "The...

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June 3, 2016

The CEO Three Year Itch

In my last post, I wrote about a recent McKinsey Quarterly report on new CEOs which had valuable information. The one thing I left out and saved for a follow up post was this finding which showed up in the last few sentences. The authors reported...

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June 2, 2016

New CEOs — Be Bold

A report from McKinsey Quarterly on New CEOs has some very valuable information. Looking at what 600 CEOs and the strategic moves they made in their first two years, the researchers found that there were more similarities than expected. They looked at new CEOs from S&P companies...

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May 21, 2016

Summer Reading from Gates

How much fun is this! An animated summer reading list from Bill Gates. A smart way to communicate without the formality and pomposity that goes with most chief executives. A newer way of storytelling from the top. Clearly, Gates is just sharing with us his favorite...

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May 15, 2016

CEO Bad Behavior

I have been derelict with my blog so the guilt is driving me to spend some time today to post about a fascinating research analysis of when CEOs engage in questionable behavior and how the board responds to these reputation-damaging missteps. In an article by professors...

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May 7, 2016

Reputational Threats

I came across this interesting chart in a report by the Harris Poll 2016 about which potential scenarios are most damaging to reputation, according to the American public. The results make clear that the greatest threat to corporate reputation is being dishonest, unethical and hiding the...

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April 29, 2016

Doing the right thing beforehand

Eric Orts is a professor at Wharton and writing a book on The Moral Responsibility. I just came across a great quote in an article I read about recent automotive clean-air rules that were violated. A warning and good lesson to be reminded of. He...

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April 24, 2016

Outsider CEOs back in favor?

How is it that trends have a way of slowing down and raising questions as to whether the pendulum might just swing back in the opposite direction? In the ongoing survey by strategy& (originally Booz & Co.) on CEO turnover, the newest analysis found that despite...

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April 23, 2016

Reputation recovery at J.Crew

Received this in my inbox this morning. Considering the bad press that I've read over the past year about J.Crew and the quality of its products, this is one way to entice people to give the clothier another look. I thought it was effective. The CEO...

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April 20, 2016

What we want from Social CEOs

A new study was just released about what Americans want from CEOs who are using social media. The survey from G&S Business Communications and Harris Interactive found that the average person wants CEOs to talk about business and not about their personal lives. They found that...

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