Clarity

Books, Peer Groups, and Mentors

It takes time and experience for CEOs to gain the knowledge and wisdom needed to grow their businesses and leadership teams. Three tools that can accelerate the process are books, peer groups and mentors. BOOKS. I love books and am an avid reader. I typically read about eight titles at a time ranging from business and…

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Be Nice

A while ago I was contacted by a couple of people I know who wanted to meet to discuss my interest in becoming the new CEO of a company. They were investors and board members of the company.   I had already heard the company had severe p programs. But to my great surprise no more…

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10 Things Everyone Should Know When Entering The Workplace

  A score of 90% is only an “A” in school. In the workplace 90% is only a passing score. Unlike college, there are much higher grades than “A” in the workplace. Only the problems in school all have answers. The ability to quickly assess whether a problem has a ready answer, identify how much…

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Four Responsibilities A CEO Cannot Delegate (and why)

One of the most common tasks I have is to help a CEO in writing their own job description. Since they work in a variety of industries and possess diverse talents and strengths, much of the job description is different for each individual. But there are four responsibilities essential to a CEO’s job description and…

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A Powerful Tool and Underutilized Tool for Business Leaders

It Is Lonely At The Top Yeah it’s a cliché, but it’s also true. I’ve mentioned this in several postings because it is something every CEO has to deal with to achieve clarity and peace of mind. One underutilized tool to help with this is a CEO peer groups (also called CEO roundtables). A CEO…

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Super Hero or Super Team

One of my clients had a short-term opportunity in his line of business as a result of external forces (think demand for gas generators and bottled water after a hurricane). And they jumped on it to take full advantage. They worked all weekend to get the extra product and then had a long week fulfilling…

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Turning Your Thoughts Into Action

If you are like most CEOs I know your head is overflowing with many new and exciting ideas. New products. Sales promotions. Program enhancements. Innovative equipment. Better customer engagement. There are also not so exciting things in your head. Worries about cash flow. Increasing the margin on sales. Managing inventory and overstock items. Poor quality…

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It Takes Character

In the past couple of years a motivational posting has appeared on LinkedIn and other social media site stating the “10 Things That Require Zero Talent.” If you haven’t seen it, the list is: Being On Time Work Ethic Effort Energy Body Language Passion Doing Extra Being Prepared Being Coachable Attitude And the posting is…

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Shut Up and Color

“So I told them It was time to shut up and color” he said. I laughed. “Where did you get that?” “Are you kidding?” my friend said. “You.” “It was while you were leading the integration of the companies after we were acquired. You flew across the country to spend a day or two with…

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