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Stay the Course

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The stock market reversal in China has led many to question the stated GDP growth rate of 7 percent and the strategy of moving from an investment-based economy toward a more consumption based model.

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“Gameification” and Public Relations

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I was in Frankfurt last week with my German leadership team. Carsten La Tendresse, the head of Gosub, our digital arm in Germany, told me about gameification as a key part of the future of public relations. He defined it as, “integration of computer game design techniques and mechanics into a website or campaign to […]

Europe: Moment of Decision

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I have been in the financial centers and political capitals of Europe this week: Paris, Brussels, London and now Frankfurt. At the start of the week, expectations were being raised that the EU leaders converging on Brussels this weekend would agree on the final shape of the Greek bailout, the recapitalization of the banking sector, […]

Two Tall Trees

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Two of the giants of the Chicago business community passed away in the last week. Bob Galvin and Art Nielsen were the CEOs of Motorola and A.C. Nielsen. But they were much more to a young man looking for role models. Both were close friends of my parents, supporters of Senator Charles Percy, members of […]

Social Comes to Health

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The Edelman Health Barometer 2011, released last week in Europe, indicates a profound impact of friends and family on personal health, now comparable in importance to health care providers. This dispersion of authority is a consistent theme in the 12 country, 15,000 person survey. In fact, after themselves, nearly half (43%) of respondents believe their […]

TouchPoints—A Guide for Leadership

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I had an opportunity to interview Doug Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup Company, at the Sixth Annual Edelman Change Summit yesterday in Edelman’s New York office. Conant has recently released a book, TouchPoints, on how to lead an organization. Campbell is a remarkable turnaround story; it outperformed food industry peers in stock price and […]

Global Agency of the Year

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Last night in SIntra, Portugal, the Holmes Report named Edelman its first Global Agency of the Year. On behalf of my 4,000 colleagues around the world, I want to express my deep appreciation to our clients, whose trust in the firm allows us to innovate and operate with confidence every day. Here is the story […]

24 Hours in NYC

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New York City in mid-September is a swirl of events superimposed upon a city already straining its infrastructure in normal times. In the past 24 hours, I have attended a dinner at the Plaza Hotel for the Atlantic Council which honored Christine Lagarde, who now leads the International Monetary Fund; a discussion on the Middle […]

Curiosity & PR’s Impact on Society

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Earlier this year I sat down with Richard Sergey, Chief Curator for Discovery Channel’s The Curiosity Project, to discuss the role PR plays in business and society. Sergey, a veteran of ABC News and a specialist in the technology sector, interviewed 250 “founding experts” as part of Curiosity.com. I am not asking why I am […]

Curiosity & PR’s Impact on Society

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Earlier this year I sat down with Richard Sergey, Chief Curator for Discovery Channel’s The Curiosity Project, to discuss the role PR plays in business and society. Sergey, a veteran of ABC News and a specialist in the technology sector, interviewed 250 “founding experts” as part of Curiosity.com. I am not asking why I am […]

Visualizing Information

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PR pros have always used compelling visuals to help journalists convey information, and the media have used info graphics for decades, going back to USA Today in 1981. With the advent of direct-to-end-user communication and the propensity of people online to link to compelling content (especially visual content), we need to make greater use of […]

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