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SCRIPTING: A TOOL FOR OVERCOMING RELUCTANCE

Monday, October 30, 2017

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BACKGROUND Most of my CEO clients are usually decisive once they have a minimum of information about a choice to be made. They have developed good instincts and a great sense of when to go on instinct. What then holds them back at times far longer than, on later reflection, than they would have liked […]

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WHAT IS AND IS NOT THE JOB OF THE BOSS?

Monday, May 8, 2017

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BACKGROUND   One of my CEO coaching clients years ago told me: if I work 10% less hard or delegate  10% more often, profits will go down by more than 20%. He now knows the folly of that remark. He has learned to delegate, how to tailor so doing to his comfort with each individual and […]

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CEO’S RISKY HIRES

Friday, January 20, 2017

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BACKGROUND  Finding the right candidate for the C-suite is a risky business. People who look good on paper and show well can mask factors that ultimately lead to failure. What do the most successful CEOs-as-recruiters do? KEY FACTORS Our Vistage CEO Peer Advisory Board in New York City has adopted these approaches, among others: Make […]

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Key to Leadership Failure

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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SUMMARY One person can make a difference in the well-being of a company if they “get it” when others don’t. If you fail to hire such people, if you do not include them in the discussion during a crisis, you are more likely to see a problem worsen or repeat. What makes them different? They […]

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What Made jack welch JACK WELCH

How Ordinary People Become
Extraordinary Leaders

by Stephen H. Baum (Random House)

Most leaders of American companies started out as ordinary people. What prepared them for the top job?

Countless more ordinary people of equal talent never developed the leadership core required to run the show. Why not?

"Lessons for life about the core leadership traits of character, risk taking decisiveness and the ability to engage and inspire followers."
--Jim Clifton, CEO, The Gallup Organization

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