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 attended the opening panel at the Clinton Global Initiative yesterday morning in New York City. Former President Clinton was joined on stage by four chief executives, including Jeff Kindler of Pfizer (disclosure: a client), Dave Cote of Honeywell, Ron Williams of Aetna and Jay Fishman of Travelers. Each of them represents an industry—pharmaceuticals, energy, […]
Mike Kuczkowski, a senior Edelman executive, ran a marathon on Sunday. He finished in a rather unremarkable 5 hours, walking when he hit the wall at mile 17. But for those of us who knew Mike as an inveterate smoker, an ex-journalist who took up the evil weed while in high school under peer pressure […]
I spent the weekend reading the final draft of Anatole Kaletsky’s book, Capitalism 4.0, due out at the end of June. Kaletsky, a columnist at the Times of London and economist serving the financial community, has given us a brave prognosis on the future relationship between business and government. His thesis is that “Instead of […]
I received an email over night from Kristine Boyden in Edelman’s Silicon Valley office, who works with me on our HP client. She sent me the Forbes.com story, reporting that glassdoor.com had recognized me as one of the ten most popular CEOs with their employees. I am both surprised and humbled by the recognition, especially […]
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I just read Ken Auletta’s brilliant book, Googled, which describes a media world under siege, as advertising from digital sources fail to compensate for inexorably eroding revenues from traditional outlets. He quotes Clay Shirky of NYU as saying, “The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in its place.” Given that […]
I have just left the United Kingdom, where general elections are looming, probably on May 6. In that context, I attended a book party for the publication of Red Tory, a controversial road to the future by Phillip Blond, director of the think tank, Res Publica. Under the watchful eyes (in portrait form) of Conservative […]
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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 […]