“Après le deluge”

If you want to measure how America feels about large commercial and investment banks in the wake of the Great Recession, simply open your browser, enter the search term “wall street bankers” into Google, then click on Images. The resulting pages of derogatory cartoons, photographs and headlines provide a vivid portrayal of just how much…

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BP: Beyond Core Values

When BP’s “Beyond Petroleum” image campaign was running full throttle a few years ago, I remember cornering a company lawyer. What was wrong with being a petroleum company, and being the best one they could be? He shrugged. Oil was so 20th century; the company’s C-suite was focused on a future increasingly powered by alternative…

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Successful Succession

The economic crisis has offered food for thought on a number of business related issues: corporate responsibility, government control, inflated salaries, etc. Here’s a new one, offered up in a recent McKinsey Quarterly article: succession planning. The article cites Ken Lewis’s departure from Bank of America and the resulting “scrutiny and criticism” the company faced…

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