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Voices of Academic Summit 2012

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There was so much good material at the 2012 Academic Summit that I just took notes furiously, in the hope that I could absorb all of the lessons over time. I thought it would be useful to share some of the most “quotable quotes” from some of the speakers. To view a highlight reel of […]

Academic Summit

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I am at the Fifth Academic Summit, being held this year at Stanford University. Edelman, PR Week and Media X, the Stanford laboratory are co-sponsoring the event. We have 90 professors from 70 universities in eight nations in Palo Alto. In my keynote address today, I am citing five major shifts in the media business. […]

Strategy Committee

Wisdom of Silicon Valley

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Edelman held its Strategy Committee meeting in San Jose last week. We were fortunate to attract top thinkers from HP, Adobe, four media outlets, Facebook and Google. Here are the highlights:


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I have just read Velocity, a new book by Ajaz Ahmed of AKQA and Stefan Olander of Nike. The book is written as a dialogue between the agency guy and the client, with seven laws of Velocity as the organizing principle. Here are some of the highlights: 1) Buying a Product Is the Beginning of […]

Huntsman on China

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I went to the annual meeting of the National Committee on U.S. – China Relations on Wednesday in New York City. Steve Orlins, head of the NCUSCR, interviewed former U.S. Ambassador to China (and Republican presidential candidate) Jon Huntsman for an hour. Here are highlights of the conversation. 1) Bo Xilai—Huntsman said the willingness of […]

Google+ Hangouts

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This week I met with Bradley Horowitz, who is now in charge of Google+, in addition to his work on Google News and other brands. Google+ is trying to differentiate on the basis of integrating social with search. As noted in a recent Fast Company article, Google+ allows you to share privately.   I was […]

Note to Government Leaders: Control Won’t Work Any More

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I attended the annual dinner of the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. this week. There are significant challenges facing government leaders as a result of ease of communications, which is politicizing the world’s people. People today believe they can make a difference.   Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, said in his keynote […]

The Big 6-0

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This is not about me turning 60 (though that comes in a few years).   While it seems like only yesterday we were celebrating our 50th anniversary, we are already knee deep in planning events for our 60th this October.   In addition to a terrific, company-wide pro bono effort focused on alleviating hunger and […]

Leadership Lessons from Coach K

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I was one of forty people at a breakfast this morning in New York City with Duke University men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, alias Coach K. He was in town to see a few members of his USA Basketball team (Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul) and to do a bit of recruiting. Here are a few […]

Earning License to Lead

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I am delivering the keynote address at the Marquette University College of Communications this morning in about an hour. I had a marvelous discussion over dinner last night with Dean Lori Bergen, who has brought energy and verve to this Milwaukee-based institution. She made a profound observation about the core values of the school, the […]

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