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Past Executive Briefings


Executive Blindspots: How to Avoid Them

Do you know anyone who can bat 1.000? The best baseball players hit in the low to mid .300 range and we think that is terrific. Executives don’t bat 1.000 when it comes to decision making — nobody is perfect. However, executives’ “batting average” may be lower if they’re making decisions without addressing potential blind spots. What are Read More >

The Middle Market Executive’s Challenges

When I wrote about Peter Drucker in a previous issue, I realized something that will seem very obvious to many of you: Most of the big names (Peter Drucker, Jim Collins, John Kotter, etc.) write about leadership life in Fortune 1000 size companies. How many of you work for companies that large? Most of my Read More >

Effective Leadership is Not a Popularity Contest

One of the most widely used methods for feedback is the “360 degree assessment,” especially for new and developing executives. This assessment is popular because it takes into the account the evaluations of your employees, peers and superiors, and provides valid indicators and predictors of your effectiveness as a leader. This information is also potentially Read More >

Keys to Great Execution

  “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” – Robert Burns – Working with senior executives across industries, whether they work for small business or Fortune 500 companies, I’ve realized there is one main thing that separates top performers: execution. The most common theme I’ve heard from top performing executives is that they Read More >

Make Your Boss Your Client

Successful executives and leaders obviously know how to manage others. But managing one’s boss, superior executives, board members or investors is another matter entirely. Unfortunately, this component of your executive career is just as important – if not more so – than being able to manage employees. Take, for example, the story of Frank: Frank Read More >

Being Politically Adept Is Not BS

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard aspiring executives ask, “Do I have to BS or kiss ‘you know what’ to succeed?” I’ve even heard CEOs ask if they really have to pretend to like board members. But there is a big difference between being emotionally intelligent and politically aware within an organization Read More >

5 Obstacles to Great Leadership & How to Address Them

What is your Achilles heel – your weak point – as a leader? Is it delegation? A short temper? Maybe it’s statistics and analytical analysis. Whatever your weaknesses are, you are probably much acquainted with them by this point in your career. You’ve probably found work-arounds that help you function on a daily basis that Read More >

Managing Emerging Risks to Prevent Future Fires

As an executive, you’re probably an expert firefighter by now. Every day, it feels like a new fire crops up that demands your attention and prevents higher-level work from getting done. Over time, though, executives and leaders may begin to notice signs of “potential fires” – or emerging risks – as they crop up. Knowing Read More >


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