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Friday, March 04, 2011

Available for hire

As Blue Cross Blue Shield continues to be battered by bad publicity over the severance package paid to a former CEO, here's a thought: the Monitor Group may be available to help repair your image.

After all, the Cambridge-based, Harvard-stacked organization that calls itself "among the most prestigious consulting firms" has a little room in its schedule after dropping a client a couple of years ago.

You may have heard of him: Moammar Khadafy? The Monitor Group's crack Harvard team, including the famed management consultant Michael Porter, got paid $250,000 a month
... for a wide range of services, including writing the book proposal, bringing prominent academics to Libya to meet Khadafy “to enhance international appreciation of Libya’’ and trying to generate positive news coverage of the country.
How'd that work out exactly?

Actually Monitor and its band of Harvard "stars" should focus on repairing their own image problems first. The basic question for these so-called "thought leaders: were you guilty of being naive or greedy in offering to write book proposals (and doctoral dissertations) for a dictator and his family who never had a thought or concern about democracy?

The revelation is going to reinforce, in this case justly, the poor reputation of Harvard faculty as elitists with a sense of morality different from the rest of us. The image here is clear cut: supposedly thoughtful people actually in a callous, thoughtless way.

Here's a suggestion, no charge: make like some of the stars, performers like Beyonce, Usher and Mariah Carey, who gave the fees they were paid to perform for the Khadafy clan to charity.

And learn how to pick your clients better.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking about Kadafy, what's Obama doing about Libya?

March 05, 2011 5:54 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

What's he supposed to do -- start another war in the Arab world? What's your solution to a civil war?

March 06, 2011 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's tough being in the drivers seat(President) when even inaction becomes an action. And the crowd chants do something, do something.

March 07, 2011 4:58 AM  

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