Today, I delivered a keynote address on Trust and the CEO at the Executives Club of Chicago. My central theme: It is time for CEOs to come out of the bunker, be out front and lead, do more than simply focus on delivering on the numbers, and be part of the solution to society’s problems.
This was a World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of massive mood swings, linked to the plunging global stock markets, diving commodity prices, renewed concern about the flood of refugees moving toward the European Union, the rise of populism in the U.S. and European countries, and the effect of a slowing Chinese economy.
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I have been to four of the leading academic institutions in the past month with my youngest, Amanda, now a junior in high school. Next week we continue the journey with visits to Dartmouth, Amherst, Princeton and Georgetown. Here are my observations on the schools visited to date. Stanford—Its 800 acre campus is magnificent, […]
I attended a lecture by Jane Nelson, professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, on the evolution of business in relation to societal issues. Nelson believes that top companies have changed in three ways: from compliance to a more strategic focus on resource efficiency and value creation; from individual action to collective action; and from sparring […]
I just attended a symposium in New York sponsored by the Harvard Business School on its U.S. Competitiveness Project, which was particularly interesting on the heels of my nearly two weeks in Asia. For the project, HBS professors Mike Porter and Jan Rivkin conducted a study, in which nearly 10,000 HBS graduates in business positions […]
I am flying back from Beijing after a ten-day trip to Asia. This week, I write about my time in Viet Nam and China. As a first-time visitor to Ho Chi Minh City, I was impressed by the city’s relative affluence. The supermarkets have a variety of consumer products and an array of fresh fruit […]
I have just left Delhi and am en route to Ho Chi Minh City. Having spent three days in Mumbai and Delhi meeting government officials, business executives, and NGO leaders in conjunction with the launch of our Trust Barometer, I wanted to give you a sense of the mood.1) “Down-trading” Is Declining—Consumers are migrating to […]
Today I announced that Matthew Harrington will become chief operating officer of Edelman, Mark Hass will take Matt’s place as president of Edelman U.S., and Tom Mattia will succeed Mark in becoming chair of Edelman China. I want to give you a bit of background on my decision-making process. The company has grown substantially in […]
I have been on tour, presenting the results of the 2012 Edelman Trust Barometer to groups in London, Davos, Toronto, New York City, Washington DC, and Chicago. As you recall from my post last week, the key finding of the 2012 study is the massive decline in trust in government. In fact, in all but […]
I just returned from the World Economic Forum’s 2012 meeting in Davos. These nine issues were the focus of discussion and attention. 1. The European Crisis. German Chancellor Angela Merkel talked about a coordinated Europe having more power. “We need more steps of integration in the interests of competitiveness… We need structural reforms leading to […]
In 2008-2009, in the wake of a recession that saw large, global companies such as Lehman Brothers and AIG collapse, trust in business imploded. Government stepped in with bailouts and new regulations. But in 2011, government became paralyzed by the politics of extremism and endless haggling – and the public lost confidence. The 2012 Edelman […]
I met with senior management of two of the best emerging media companies this week. I come away even more impressed with their ambition and willingness to experiment within the boundaries of quality and integrity. Mike Allen of Politico addressed our global public affairs team in Washington on Wednesday. He said that there are 225 […]