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How will we better serve each other in 2018?

Today is my first day as CEO of Ketchum, and I’m incredibly excited to take on this role. It’s an honor to lead Ketchum. It’s a special agency and a place I have chosen to work for more than 20 years. Our talent continually drives me to be the best leader I can be, and to find ways to better serve our clients and my colleagues.  Their passion and dedication to servicing our clients always comes through at the top of our employee surveys.

Before leaving on a long-scheduled “bucket list” family vacation to start the year, I reached out to our network of colleagues to share a few words of advice on how they can cultivate their own talent, some of which I will share with you here so you can learn a little bit more about me, and what I believe is most important…

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The Challenge of Leading Leaders

Leadership coach Ken Jacobs recently sat down with Ketchum Chairman and CEO Rob Flaherty to discuss the challenge of leading leaders and leading across multinational offices.

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Empowering “Entry Level CEOs” to Speak Up and Stand Out!

This weekend, I spoke to several hundred college students at the PRSSA International Conference in Atlanta. It was a thrilling experience, and those who know me well won’t be surprised to hear that I encouraged them to fearlessly lean in to their innate leadership qualities—to boldly speak up and stand out.

In an era of disruption and continuous change, I’m surprised at the number of industry pundits who continue to opine about how difficult it is to manage a millennial workforce or how things are different today. It is not difficult. It is markedly different from our experience as entry level employees.

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Reflections on Women’s Leadership

Barri Rafferty & Kim Essex at the Women in Agribusiness Summit

In its fourth year, the Women in Agribusiness Summit draws women who have “shattered the ceiling” or plan to be knocking on it in the not too distant future. 

Barri Rafferty, Ketchum Senior Partner and CEO North America, joined me this year for the Summit in Minneapolis and presented her unique and compelling perspective on what it takes to succeed as a female leader in business.

Following the presentation, I had the opportunity to sit down with Barri to discuss the summit and drill down into a few of the points she discussed:

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Saban Smiles

Most Saturdays this fall, my family and I watched Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide dismantle their opponents. During the SEC Conference Championship game, victory was at hand, though from Saban’s expression, you would think someone had broken one of Alabama’s national championship trophies. Why so stern in the face of victory I often thought.

From an outsider’s perspective, it’s obvious that when Saban says, “Jump!” His players ask, “How high?” His approach works. So, is the team’s dedication to him a result of his strict leadership and relentless drive, or in spite of it?

We know of CEOs with such intensity and understand that Apple staffers created golden products even though Steve Jobs was said to be intimidating and even insulting. Is this what it takes to truly succeed? Not necessarily.

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