Monthly Archives: June 2009

It is almost as if we were joined at the hip.

During the June 2009 World Economic Forum's Global Leadership Fellows keynote address, corporate governance expert Robert A.G. Monks shared some contemporary perspectives on the tightening links between government, human welfare, and the private sector.  

If you are in the process of planning your company's next move, his speech is a must read.

Who knew that Robert and I share the same views on building a wealthy company?  That is, a company that is highly valued because it is driven by strong values?

Here is a social media story gone WILD. (literally and figuratively).


Return with me to 2007, when the chairman and CEO of a public company created an anonymous account in Yahoo’s online financial community. Over eight years, he posted over 1400 glowing comments about his company.  He also posted many negative comments about his number one competitor. His activities triggered a proxy battle, stalled merger attempts, and an FTC investigation.

This social media experiment gone WILD backfired—Within a 12-month period, their stock dropped 50 percent.

The Beast
This story describes John Mackey, the CEO and chairman of Whole Foods Market.  Even though their acquisition of Wild Oats Market finally closed in 2007, Mackey learned some emotionally taxing lessons. And you can too.

How does your company hold a strong vision and track progress amidst today’s economic hailstorm?

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In my work with high performing companies, we find that they create two categories of indicators: “Leading indicators” and “trailing indicators.”  In companies such as Zappos and The Beryl Companies, it is not uncommon for the CFO and CEO to maintain slightly different success “dashboards.” …

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