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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I have just returned from a board of directors meeting at the Centers for Disease Control Foundation. The most interesting topic at this spring’s session was the CDC Foundation’s partnership with the Bloomberg Foundation (New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s charitable arm) to reduce the prevalence of smoking around the world. Mayor Mike took a […]
Charles Fremes, 58, chief executive officer of our Canadian operation, died last night of a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Judith McDermid, and his daughter, Danielle Fremes. There will be a family-only funeral later this week, followed by a memorial service for his many friends either next week or the week after. […]
Geoff Colvin’s excellent article in the May 14 issue of Fortune Magazine titled “Business Is Back” contends that after a five and a half year period in the wilderness, “business is back in America’s good graces.” Colvin quotes liberally from the Edelman Trust Barometer, which has been tracking attitudes towards institutions for the past seven […]
I was sitting on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport waiting to take off for Chicago when an RSS feed from the Wall Street Journal interrupted my reverie. “Siemens CEO Kleinfeld Plans to Stand Down.” The article says that Klaus Kleinfeld plans to leave when his contract expires in September after “tense board discussions about whether […]
I heard two very distinct views on how to run a company last week. George David, CEO of United Technologies, and Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic, are lauded as outstanding leaders with amazing records of performance in stock price appreciation and customer satisfaction. Their quite different prescriptions for managers reminded me of the validity […]
I was in Atlanta yesterday at a breakfast event at Emory University. I ran into Chris Cramer, who has recently stepped down as managing editor of CNN International. His first comment to me was, “The shrill tone on cable TV news is out of control. The disgusting Don Imus comment about the Rutgers University women’s […]
I was having a drink last night with Matthew Bishop, US editor of The Economist, whose book on corporate philanthropy is due out next spring. We were discussing the rise in confidence in business and concomitant decline in trust in government seen in the Edelman Trust Barometer. Bishop noted, “Business is the most accountable institution, […]
I had not been to a rock concert for 25 years, since I saw Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve 1982. When my new buddy, Cody Willard, suggested that we go to the Allman Brothers concert at the Beacon Theater on Tuesday night, I could not resist. My wife, Roz, is […]
One of the most venerated techniques in PR is the media tour, which my father, Dan Edelman, created in the late 1940s with the Toni Twins (which Twin has the Toni?). A spokesperson goes on the road, appearing on local television and taking interviews with local print and radio outlets, endorsing a product, telling a […]
I noted the passing of Marjabelle Y. Stewart last week. Described in the NY Times obituary as “the Queen of Couth,” Ms. Stewart presided over a “vast, genteel empire of books and classes on etiquette.” In fact, her pupils included the daughters of Presidents Johnson and Nixon, who attended her Washington, D.C. charm school “where […]