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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History Shock

Change is history, whether companies have been around for 200 years or 20. While we’re not about to rechristen the place, “The Change Factory” (or if we are I didn’t get the memo), much of what we do here is to communicate—to help companies tell their stories—about change. And regardless of how long a company…

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Innovative Interpretation

Picture this: A client tells us, “Hey, our CEO would really like to render our organizational history in the form of an 8-minute video incorporating a giant light box, a bunch of sand, and a gorgeous Ukrainian performance artist. Whaddya think?” Now, when organizations choose to celebrate and recognize their collective histories, there are several…

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2 Soon 2 Tell

It’s five minutes to breakfast on the fourth floor outside of the hotel ballroom, and among the three of us, the Merrill Lynch stockbroker—dressed to the nines but already behind the eight ball—pulls me, the interviewer, to one side while the camera guy is at sixes and sevens choosing shots and makes her confession: “I…

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