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October 22, 2015

Telling your CEO story your way

Heard about this site that Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina launched. It is titled FromSecretarytoCEO. It is one way to control your narrative. She uses quotes from prior jobs and media coverage to persuade visitors that she has the chops to run the nation. And she...

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October 22, 2015

A good day

So pleased that HBR posted what I wrote about our new gender equality survey. Please go check it out. Link is below. Made my day.When the Media Covers Gender Inequality, the C-Suite Listens...

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October 19, 2015

CEOitis and Loneliness at the Top

The other night I was in Chicago with my colleagues talking to several chief communications officers about CEO reputation-building. Interestingly, we got on the topic of how lonely the job of the CEO is. One of our dinner guests talked about a moment when she...

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October 18, 2015

The reputational advantage of daughters for CEOs

Maybe this is one way to save the world and build kinder reputations. A study found that when a company was led by a CEO with a daughter, it demonstrated better corporate citizenship ratings and spent more of its revenue on CSR than the median....

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October 14, 2015

What is a CEO’s job?

An interviewer asked Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, a relatively new CEO, about what the job of CEO was about and he replied, "You sort of feel like, yeah, you know what it is, you get the intellectual side of it. But there is something that only a CEO uniquely can...

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October 3, 2015

Good company, good target

Have you wondered like me why firms that are good end up being good targets? Is being number 2 easier than being number 1? Maybe so. Fortune calls this the “good company, good target” phenomenon. In short, the more virtuous the company, the more problematic....

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September 27, 2015

CEOs committing to digital’s promise

In a new McKinsey executive report, turns out that CEOs are most often mentioned as standing behind the digital revolutions in their companies. And over the three years of the study, CEO sponsorship of digital platforms increased whereas engagement and involvement among other C-Level titles went mostly nowhere. Board members...

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September 26, 2015

How’s American Business Doing?

Just Capital, an independent non-profit co-founded in 2014 by billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones II, just released a survey among 43,000 Americans on how well corporate America is doing. The consensus seems to be not so well. Only 41% of all Americans reported that they...

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September 20, 2015

Smart Culture Building Blocks

Was reading an article in Fortune by Jennifer Reingold about Angela Ahrendts, the senior vice president of online and retail stores at Apple.  For those unfamiliar, she was the CEO of Burberry before going to Apple. There are several terrific quotes about building a great culture and initiatives to...

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