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The War on Truth

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Last night, Richard Edelman humbly accepted their International Leadership Award, together with fellow honorees U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Steven and Janice Hefter.

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It Could Happen To You

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It began as an all so normal Tuesday, and then an email flashed across my screen from my colleague and fellow blogger, David Brain, in London. On his RSS feed from FT.com, he received an article titled, “Companies Warned on Social Reports,” written by the Financial Times’ hedge fund reporter, James Mackintosh. The journalist reported […]

Out From Behind the Wall

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Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal editorial page ran a story titled “WSJ.com/opinion” with a sub-head “A free editorial page lunch.” In short, the Journal’s editorial page is coming out from behind the wall, through the merging of OpinionJournal.com and WSJ.com/opinion. At lunch today with Gordon Crovitz, who stepped down recently as publisher of The Wall Street […]

A Few Things to Watch For In 2008

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Every other pundit is making his or her list for the coming year. Here is my forecast for the PR business for 2008. 1) Ever closer link between corporate reputation and brands. Over the past five years, there has been a growing recognition among PR executives that corporate image cannot stand apart from brand marketing. […]

Observations of China

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I am in Shanghai on Christmas vacation with my family. So far we have visited Beijing and Xian and I was particularly struck by: 1) The playgrounds are used more by adults, especially senior citizens, than by children. It is exactly the opposite of the US, where swing sets, jungle gyms and sandboxes abound. In […]

Bicycle for a Day

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I went to a party last night in New York City hosted by actor Matthew Modine. He spoke eloquently about the great challenge of the environment, urging each of the guests to do his/her part to reduce carbon emissions, from turning out lights to disconnecting fully charged electrical appliances avoiding the “vampire” effect. He then […]

Forty Years in the UK

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I went over to London this week to celebrate the 40th birthday of Edelman in the UK. My father, Dan Edelman, persuaded Michael Morley to set up our first non-US office in a non-descript space on Dover Street near Piccadilly, to serve our then largest client, Gillette. Morley reminisced that British Telecom was slow to […]

License to Operate Online

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Last week in TechCrunch a co-founder of a viral video marketing company purports to disclose the recipe for breaking through the clutter on YouTube. Tip #6 in the post by Dan Ackerman Greenberg of The Comotion Group, suggests that his firm creates controversy in the comments section below the video. “We get a few people […]

A Chance Encounter

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I was waiting for my kids and my wife to come out of the locker room at the East Bank Club in Chicago when I saw Reverend Jesse Jackson coming up the staircase. I reintroduced myself and he engaged me in a discussion for the next half hour about the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the […]

In Good Hands

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I attended the opening of the New York Times Building on Monday night. The old building reeked of tradition, but was a turn of the century fortress. The publisher’s conference room had photos of American presidents and global dignitaries dating to the 1920s. The new building, a glass and steel tower designed by Renzo Piano, […]

Next Generation CEOs

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In the past two months, I have met several CEOs whose companies are based in the new powerhouses of the global economy, including China, Dubai, India, Israel, and Russia. Here are my observations on these executives, many of whom are founder CEOs, not classically trained professional managers. 1) They are comfortable across cultures. To sit […]

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