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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 […]

CSR in Asia: An Update

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I had a fascinating dinner with Richard Welford, director of CSR Asia, and Alan Vandermolen, Edelman’s president of Asia-Pacific region, on Sunday night in Hong Kong. We spent two hours on corporate social responsibility, one of my favorite topics. I have also just come from Beijing, where I met with several global companies grappling with […]

Miss Gold

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I had a fascinating day in Seoul, Korea. The country is entering the final phase of the presidential election, with the two candidates sprinting to the finish line, and the former Mayor of Seoul Myung Bak Lee about 15 points ahead. The country seems prosperous and self-confident, the economy is humming along led by the […]

Both Sides Now

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When Judy Collins wrote her famous ballad, “Both Sides Now”, I’m certain she did not envisage my borrowing her song title for a blog post. But her two-sided view of clouds helped me reflect on two interesting meetings with start-up ventures in the media arena this week. I appeared as a guest on the Fox […]

The Big Ask

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Earlier this week, I organized a fund-raiser for Mark Warner, former Governor of Virginia and Democratic candidate for US Senate. The following evening, I went to dinner at the home of Douglas Schoen, founder of Penn Schoen Berland the political polling firm, in honor of Kevin Sheekey, political advisor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. At both […]

Be It, Don’t Buy It

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Peter Kim and Josh Bernoff hosted me this morning in Chicago at their annual Forrester Consumer Forum. They asked me to speak about corporate image and brand building in the age of social technologies. My central thesis is that corporations can’t buy reputation or brand loyalty any more. These are earned through performance over the […]

Mayor Mike’s Manifesto

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Michael Bloomberg is an American political phenomenon, a billionaire who has successfully transitioned from entrepreneur to public service as Mayor of New York City. He is rumored to be a candidate for President of the United States. He has made a virtue of his lack of artifice and his impatience for results. He speaks plainly, […]

The Week’s Global Village

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The opening week of the United Nations is like Thanksgiving at my parents’ home in Chicago; you eat so much and talk so incessantly that you have to take a nap afterward. In the past few days, I have been immersed in the cacophony of New York City hosting the UN dignitaries and the Clinton […]

The Scimitar

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One of the joys of entering your fifth decade is the sudden emergence of medical diagnostic tests as a routine part of your life. Others have talked about their experiences, such as Mark Cuban. Here is a cautionary tale about the shortcomings of one such diagnostic tool and the unnecessary heartache that it caused. In […]

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