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CEOs Aren’t Qualified to Lead Society? A Rebuttal to Milton Friedman 2.0


Last Friday, the New York Times ran two opinion articles about the role of the CEO in today’s society. The first, CEOs Are Qualified to Make Profits, Not Lead Society, was written by a Harvard economics professor, N. Gregory Mankiw. In it, Mankiw argues that, never mind what the Business Roundtable thinks about business’s responsibility […]

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CEO Activism Arrives in Canada, Changing the Top Job


CEO activism has arrived in corporate Canada. Three years after the trend took hold in the U.S., 2020 has delivered three clear examples of CEOs banding together to use their power and influence to make change, fundamentally changing the expectations placed on successors to those CEOs, and executives more broadly.

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Canadian PR CEOs Pledge to Combat Racism But Disappoint


Being the CEO of a PR firm comes with a unique challenge: your employees are by definition experts in brand and reputation. They bill clients to develop and execute strategies aimed to sell more product, manage and avoid crises, forge executive reputation, illustrate competitive differentiation and advantage, boost employer reputation, and measure results for all […]

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Should You Sign the BlackNorth Initiative CEO Pledge?


Have you been asked to sign the BlackNorth Initiative CEO Pledge? Wes Hall, founder and chairman of Kingsdale Advisors, joined forces with the CEOs of CIBC, Fairfax Financial Holdings and Cisco Systems Canada after the death of George Floyd to push their peers to address systemic anti-Black racism in corporate Canada. The starting point is […]

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CEO Flex: 3 Types of Power to Move Beyond Words


CEOs have three kinds of power to make change: inside the company, within the corporate ecosystem, and personal power.

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When CEOs Should Use the F Word


Last week, Sienna Senior Living Inc. CEO Lois Cormack left her role at the retirement living and long-term care company “for personal reasons.” Those “personal reasons” arose the day after her EVP of Operations was fired, presumably for mocking the families of dead clients after a conference call with them had not quite disconnected.

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6 Takeaways From CrossFit’s (Now-Ex) CEO


CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman was forced to step down after two weekend tweets. Here are the takeaways.

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What Should the CEO Say About George Floyd’s Death? Maybe Nothing


What should the CEO write about the death of George Floyd? Perhaps nothing. CEOs must assess whether they have anything valuable to add to the conversation.

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Hitting Reset on the Quarterly Earnings Call Amid COVID-19


CEOs should now have seen a clear picture of their first quarter results. Sudden shut downs, pivots and strategic pirouettes mean that year-over-year comparisons are mostly meaningless. Predicting future quarters may require a magic eight ball. The next quarterly call is likely going to require a sharp departure from past approaches, and presents an opportunity […]

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What’s Fair Game for CEO Activism?


I recently did an online lecture on CEO activism for HBA students at Ivey Business School. In my last post I shared the video of my discussion with Ivey HBA Program Faculty Director Mary Weil. In this and the next few, I’ll answer a few more of the great questions that students submitted.

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