04 Feb AMAZON: A MASTER CLASS IN TELLING YOUR STORY; GOODBYE GOOGLE. YOU ARE DUMPED.
Welcome to this week’s business and media intelligence update, with insights collected over the past seven days by the Cannings team.
MALE, OVER 50 AND PROMOTED FROM WITHIN: SAY HELLO TO YOUR TYPICAL AUSTRALIAN CEO APPOINTMENT IN 2020
- New research by recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles shows that of the CEOs appointed last year to the top 200 ASX companies in Australia, over 70 per cent were internal appointments (mainly CFOs), most were aged 50 or over and yes, most were males. Read about it here.
AMAZON: A MASTER CLASS IN TELLING YOUR STORY
- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced this week he will be stepping down from his role as CEO. Big news globally. And Amazon’s media release is worth reading, detailing the initiatives the company has undertaken in the past year under clever (and readable) sub-headings, such as Protecting the Planet, Employee Safety and Providing Good Jobs, and Supporting Communities. As we approach reporting season, it’s a timely reminder for companies that you need to pay close attention to how you communicate. Read the full press release here.
GOODBYE GOOGLE. YOU ARE DUMPED.
- Worried about life after Google? Well, you may not have to. AFR columnist John Davidson has been trialing the DuckDuckGo search engine ever since Google threatened to leave the Australian market in its dispute with Canberra. Turns out that moving on from Google is much easier than you might expect. Read his opinion on why we shouldn’t miss Google after all.
HOW NOT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR STAFF
- The ASOS/Topshop debacle in the UK this week – which left staff in tears after finding out on Twitter they might lose their jobs – highlights yet again the need to ensure that during transactions, you communicate in a timely manner across all stakeholders. And that includes your staff. Take a look at all the shocking headlines in our LinkedIn post here.
BUILDING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND: WHY IT MATTERS
- Your personal brand is what distinguishes you from others – it defines who you are, what contribution you make to your profession, and why you will be a valuable addition to a company or a Board. Cannings Director Jennifer Parker, who has worked with many Board members and senior executives to develop their profiles, shares her top tips for building your personal brand here.
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