Category: Decision Making

What’s next –  Conviction and Certainty (With Adaptability)

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It may be necessary for all leaders to step back, take a breath, and ask if your leadership is measuring. Dr. Travis Bradbury, the author of “Emotional Intelligence 2.0” and “Seagull Management,” offers a brief leadership inventory that may help you assess yourself in two key areas that constitute much of

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A Restructuring Primer: Are you Ready?

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When War World II finally tilted in favor of the Allies with victory in North Africa, Winston Churchill celebrated the victory but with a cautionary tone in a speech in which he warned  “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end; but it

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COVID-19 has knocked us off our game plan – everything we know about moving forward shattered. Although I have been through some tough times in the past, I don’t fully remember how I responded. This time I am working with a group of CEOs and senior executives, and we are

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Different Boats, Same Storm

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Many say we’ll soon return to the way things were previously; others say that we’ll be living in a world changed not only in degree but in kind. If past crises (the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918, World War II, the Great Depression) are any guide, the truth will probably settle

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Today’s Investments Signal Tomorrow’s Winners and Losers

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If you want to know what may happen tomorrow, watch what leaders invest in today. Specifically, careful consideration of the M&A market will shed light on what trends C-Level execs believe will yield the greatest opportunities in the years ahead.  “Business deals are both a lagging and a leading indicator

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Business Value:

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Many companies are currently engaged in year-end planning and too many plans are not much more than “how can we do more next year?” This can happen when companies are enjoying success and assume, without much reflection or analysis as to why.   As we often say at #Vistage meetings,   “the

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It’s Lonely at the Top; It’s also Lonely at the Bottom

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In one of his plays “Henry IV”, Shakespeare observed, “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.”  One of the most common descriptions of the leader’s life is that  “It’s Lonely at the Top.”  Fred Crawford, former CEO of global consulting firm Alix penned a letter to CEOs in Chief Executive magazine outlining

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An Electric Bloodletting

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GM CEO Mary Barra caught the attention of the business world this past week when she announced that the company would cut 14,000 jobs, idle seven plants and eviscerate its sedan line in favor of SUV and cross-overs.  Ms. Barra has made several big bets here; not only in terms

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WHO, NOT HOW

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When we are faced with a new problem, what is our first instinct? “How Do I Solve this Problem?”  Turn the question around – ask “Who Solves this Problem?” Here’s a valuable tool for your new venture from Peter Diamandis, successful entrepreneur, co-founder of over twenty companies, and founder of

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How You Make It, How You Take It

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We create much of our own reality by our actions, but much of what happens to us is beyond our control. In the latter instance, how we decide to respond, can not only impact our well-being, but can often by itself create a new outcome, as this short video of a

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