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A bridge too far

A Bridge Too Far

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The publicists for movies have long defined the outer edge of our profession, with outrageous stunts and feigned romances among stars. But a campaign for the film “A Cure for Wellness” has gone over the edge of decency and intelligence to irresponsibility.

Middle Market

The Mighty Middle Market

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The ownership profile of the middle-market firm in Chicago differs from the rest of the country, with more family business and fewer publicly held or owned by private equity.

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Maria Sharapova

Sharapova and Celebrity Sponsorship

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Maria Sharapova, tennis player extraordinaire, tried mightily to wriggle out of a nearly impossible bind this week. Some players, such as fellow competitor Serena Williams came to her defense, while others, including Jennifer Capriati, were far less forgiving and highly critical of the five-time Grand Slam singles champion.


Changing of the Guard

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Today’s announcement by Omnicom that Karen van Bergen will assume the newly created position of chair of the Omnicom Public Relations group, to be succeeded as CEO of Porter Novelli by Brad MacAfee, marks the fourth such change among top ten PR firms in the past twelve months.

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Technology and Trust

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I presented the results of the Edelman Trust Barometer to four individual clients, met with three venture capital firms, and attended a salon dinner and breakfast briefing for 100 people with panelists from Coursera, Uber and CNet. We also unveiled some new research for California which has some very ominous signs for the industry.

Richard Edelman Executives Club of Chicago Keynote Address

Leadership Goes Beyond Management

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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.

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Davos 2016

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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.


“The C Word”

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“How do you get butts in seats for a movie about cancer?” That was the challenge posed this morning on the phone by movie producer and friend Pascaline Servan-Schreiber about her new film, “The C Word”, which is rolling out across America.

2016 Edelman Trust Barometer War Room

The Art and The Science

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The Edelman Trust Barometer will be released in two weeks at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. With 36,000 respondents in 28 countries, this is the largest study of its kind on trust in business, government, media, NGOs, spokespeople and industry sectors.

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