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As a Leader, Who Do I Manage First?

CEOs are urged to lead by example.  There are several ways to do this; perhaps the most important is for CEOs to manage themselves.  This article from Forbes offers a checklist to assess if you’re managing yourself well (and offers the example of Dallas Cowboys leadership as an example). Evaluate yourself

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Today’s Investments Signal Tomorrow’s Winners and Losers

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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The Silent Generation, Baby Boomers Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Z

Many executives who have been focused on managing Millennials would do well to remember that the next generational cohort is already bearing down on them.  There are now five generations in the workplace:   The Silent (World War II) generation, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y and now  Generation Z (born

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Business Value:

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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Higher Education: Undergoing Substantial Change & Survival of the Fittest

Higher education has historically been viewed by many as a place of occupational safety characterized by tenure, solid endowments and the absence of the make or break competition that characterizes the business world.  Rarely have institutions of higher education failed.  Until now. Fifty-five high quality, private colleges have closed down and

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A Gratitude Sampler: Thanksgiving 2019

What follows is an excerpt from Vistage Speaker Mardy Grothe’s “Quotes of the Week.” This is a wonderful, inspiration blog that I look forward to every Sunday.   You can subscribe at http://www.drmardy.com/    It is always interesting and enlightening. It’s Thanksgiving week, so here are a few some great thoughts on Gratitude from his

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If/Then, Success

This article from Ideas.TED.com suggests that life is a little like poker,  we know what cards and chips we hold and must do the best with what we have.  Check out this a simple but powerful self-management tool that requires nothing more than stopping to have a little “If/Then”  conversation with yourself before

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

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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Strategy,  Properly Understood

Every business has a strategy, whether intentionally chosen or not.  If you are not sure what your strategy is, it may help to know what “strategy”  really means. Strategy is a word that many of us use but perhaps without a clear definition of it.   To remedy this, check out a

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Incentives Beyond Compensation: Monetary vs Non-Monetary

If you’re a small to mid-size company you’ve no doubt lost at least one employee to a larger company who offered compensation that you could not match.   As frustrating as this is, you do have some options to retain people that don’t require significant out of pocket cost.  This short article from

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