I took part in a panel at the Summit at Sea conference in Miami a few weeks back. During the discussion, I was asked how to keep the culture of the family business as the enterprise grew to its present size.
It has now been a week since the horror of the terrorist attacks in Paris that took the lives of 129 innocent people. The people of Paris have demonstrated incredible courage, frequenting the outdoor cafes and going about their daily lives.
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My number one issue is childhood obesity. My mother has struggled with her weight for her entire adult life. She even experimented with lock and key on the refrigerator to prevent midnight raids for ice cream. I have been a bit of a tyrant with my three daughters about the necessity of exercise at least […]
The public relations industry is fortunate to have women as a large percentage of the work force, many of whom are in leadership or ownership positions at their firms. Other industries, specifically financial services, fare poorly in retaining senior women who become top executives. The World Economic Forum has just released a disturbing study of […]
I am returning from the Wall Street Journal’s annual environmental conference in Santa Barbara. The tone of the event changed profoundly this year. The heretofore simple orthodoxy that companies can “do well by doing good” with regards to environmental performance is evolving, if not experiencing complete metamorphosis. Emerging is a more ecumenical approach to environmentalism […]
As noted in my recent blog post from Davos, there was a surprising consensus among CEOs that business must prove its positive contribution to society, not merely its returns for shareholders. Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico (disclosure: a client) describes this as Performance with Purpose, a sustainable business model that recognizes the reality of a […]
When Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal, reviewed True/Slant–an online news organization started nine months ago by Lew Dvorkin, former AOL editor-in-chief—he said: “It is clear what you are getting—editorial or advertorial—a blend of journalism and social networking.” In December, True/Slant surpassed one million unique visitors in the month and features 300 credible contributors including Miles […]
The controversy surrounding the release of a paper denying significant global warming just prior to the Copenhagen climate round in December is indicative of the extent to which science is politicized in public discourse. According to The New York Times, “…in a 1999 e-mail exchange about charts showing climate patterns over the last two millenniums, […]
I attended my twelfth World Economic Forum meeting in Davos this past week. In previous years, there were exuberant “dot-com” savants (1999), self-assured US diplomats just before the invasion of Iraq (2003), impressive sovereign wealth funds (2007) and confident private equity barons (2008). In turn, each has been humbled within eighteen to twenty four months. […]
I have just arrived in Davos, ready to present the findings of our tenth annual Edelman Trust Barometer at a breakfast panel co-hosted by the Financial Times tomorrow morning. Here are a few of the important conclusions from this year’s 22-country study of opinion formers, who are “media attentive,” have more than $75,000 annual income […]
I had lunch with my old friend, Jonah Bloom, until recently the editor of Advertising Age and now the CEO of Breaking Media, a collection of vertical professional sites launched over the past four years. Jonah helped expand Advertising Age’s– a must-read for us– focus on the broader communications industry, and report the most compelling […]
I went to a luncheon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City yesterday in honor of the late Eunice Johnson, who died last week at age 93. Eunice and her husband John were co-founders of Johnson Publishing Company, which owns Ebony (1.2 million circulation) and Jet (900,000 circulation) magazines, trailblazers in Black […]