Peter Firestein on Building Success through Reputation

Public opinion in the wake of the financial meltdown has revealed the public’s abiding mistrust of corporations and the executives who run them. Scrutiny from the Internet and 24-hour cable TV offers companies no place to hide; so they must proactively seek the confidence of their shareholders and the public. In today’s economy, reputation is a prime factor in a corporation’s bottom line.

Peter Firestein presents Seven Strategies of Reputation Leadership in his book Crisis of Character, offering a fail-proof way for executives to immunize themselves and their companies against the breakdowns that can happen to even the most prominent organizations. Using real-life examples (from Merck and Citigroup to Hewlett-Packard and Coca-Cola), Crisis of Character presents concrete ways executives can shape the internal corporate culture to support their business interests.

Peter Firestein is a consultant specializing in reputation risk management in both public and financial arenas. Since 2002, he has helmed Global Strategic Communications, Inc., counseling the CEOs and senior managers of a variety of global corporations. He has been a managing director at Thomson Financial and served as global financial communications advisor to the government of Brazil in the privatization of its national telecommunications network. For more information, see

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:

* Advanced Leadership Communication Strategies

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:

* Leading By Example by John Baldoni
* Leading With Kindness by William F. Baker, Michael O’Malley, Ph.D.
* Managing Brand You by Jerry S. Wilson, Ira Blumenthal

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