6 A.M.

Richard Edelman at Yale School of Management

Running a Service Business

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I was on a panel yesterday at the Yale School of Management with Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP, Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Company and Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, former head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on managing a service enterprise.

New York Magazine

Triumph of the Verticals

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I learned about a six-year transformation of the New York Magazine brand that would take it from being New York City-focused to national, from master brand to a focus on the vertical brands.

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PR in a World of Expression

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I am delivering the opening speech at the New Media Academic Summit that begins this morning at Georgetown University. This is the third annual confab organized by Edelman and PRWeek to discuss how social media is changing public relations and mass communications. More than 100 professors from the US, Canada, Europe and Latin America are […]

The MBA Oath

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Adi Ignatius, Editor, Harvard Business Review opens the June edition with: “The public’s trust in business leaders has never been weaker. According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, released in January, trust in U.S. business dropped from 58% to 38% in one year. European businesses are in nearly as much trouble with the public. Businesses in […]

The Graduates

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I am in the midst of graduation sensation, with my eldest to receive her college diploma next Thursday and my middle child having earned her high school diploma just a week ago. We entertained thirteen college students at our home last weekend; I could now write a new script for “Survivor; The Parents” based on […]

Dull Advice

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David Brooks’ column in Tuesday’s New York Times, titled In Praise of Dullness, posits that the best chief executives are “organized, dogged, anal-retentive and slightly boring people.” He cites several academic works that commend conscientiousness and emotional stability and “mind-numbing commitment to incremental efficiency gains.” He goes on to suggest that the increasing involvement of […]

Bloomberg: Content Customers Want

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With the carnage in mainstream media, those of us in public relations worry constantly about the shrinking news hole. Bloomberg is defying the trend by hiring 75 new reporters for the news service, a five percent growth in its 1,500 person, 142 bureau editorial operation. I spoke on Saturday with Norman Pearlstine, the chief content […]

A Missed Opportunity

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I attended the annual dinner of the Atlantic Council on Wednesday night in Washington, DC, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The honorees included former President George H.W. Bush, Chancellor Helmut Kohl (unfortunately, too ill to attend) and IBM CEO Sam Palmisano. Tributes were made to the former President, […]

The National

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I have just returned from a trip to Abu Dhabi and Mumbai. Highlights of my trip included a helicopter ride over Abu Dhabi and a discussion of the Abu Dhabi bid to be the global headquarters of IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency. But for fans of mainstream media, we should take solace in the […]

Newsweek: Daring Upward

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I had breakfast this morning with Newsweek editor Jon Meacham (who won the Pulitzer prize for non-fiction this week for his book on Andrew Jackson), publisher Tom Ascheim and foreign correspondent Lally Weymouth (disclosure: close friend). Newsweek is re-launching on May 18, moving up-market, aiming to compete with the Economist and the New Yorker for […]

Silicon Alley Insider

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I just got off of the phone with Henry Blodget, the former Wall Street analyst who runs, covering digital media, technology and advertising. From a standing start 18 months ago, the site attracts more than one million plus unique visitors a month, so that it ranks second behind TechCrunch and ahead of GigaOM, VentureBeat, […]

It Seemed So Promising

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Carlos Gutierrez, former US Secretary of Commerce and former chief executive of the Kellogg Company, addressed the spring session of the Arthur Page Society on Friday. His message was extremely positive; he had learned the importance of having communications professionals at the decision-making table while in government, and intended to take that lesson back to […]

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