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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At the Edelman Annual Leadership meeting this week in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to interview Chris DeWolfe, founder and CEO of MySpace (disclosure: Edelman client). Here are a few of his key comments: 1) We are aiming to involve our members in important issues of our time. There was a period when parents […]
I just finished lunch with my old friend, Steve Shepard, now dean of the new journalism school at the City University of New York (www.journalism.cuny.edu). Steve stepped down as editor of Business Week magazine about two years ago to take on this great experiment in public education. One of the major challenges to media companies […]
My friend and former classmate in college and business school is Professor Jeff Sonnenfeld. Twice a year, he attracts chief executives to a one day event which covers issues relevant to the CEO, including leadership, governance, compensation and working with the media. Yesterday evening, Jeff had Joe Nocera of the NY Times plus Alan Murray […]
Edelman and PRWeek Magazine have organized a day long conference for US professors of journalism and mass communications. Last night I joined a distinguished group of media executives, including Gordon Crovitz, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, Pat Mitchell, CEO of the Paley Museum of Media, Nick Lemann, Dean of the Columbia Journalism School and […]
I was a featured speaker yesterday at the MESH Conference in Toronto. I spent about 45 minutes in a discussion with Stuart MacDonald, our former client at Expedia and now an Internet entrepreneur. View the transcript here. Here were some key points I tried to make: 1) This is a time of great opportunity for […]
Edelman and PRWeek will be hosting a summit on new media next week for approximately 75 US and Canadian academics who specialize in journalism, public relations and communications. Our goal is to provide specifics about how social media is changing communications, to help them update their courses for next fall so that their students are […]
I went to a screening last night of the film “God Grew Tired of Us (The Lost Boys of Sudan),” produced by National Geographic Society. After the film, I met John Bul Dau, one of the Lost Boys, who spoke of his experience in the refugee camps. At age 13, Mr. Bul Dau fled for […]
This week, the C40 group of large city mayors convened in New York City. It was the second such meeting of mayor; the first was held in London two years ago. As you might imagine, the topic of week has been climate change, in particular what each city can do to reduce emissions. I attended […]
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. […]