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Past Executive Briefings


Lessons Learned in the Trenches – Part 1

By Carl Robinson, Ph.D., copyright 2003 When you ask executives what keeps them up at night, most will say – the people issues – employees and customers. This month’s executive briefing will cover some important lessons in the “people” arena that I’ve learned in just two weeks of opening a new coffee house in the Read More >

5 Steps to Thinking Creatively

Recently, with the downturn in the economy, I’ve observed an upturn in the negative influences on business peoples’ ability to think creatively right when more creativity is most needed. Creative thinking is the fuel to the engine of our economy – discovery, invention and entrepreneurism. For this month’s briefing, I will draw on research I Read More >

Integrity and Business…it pays off.

by Carl Robinson, Ph.D., copyright 2003 Judging from the press, you’d think that most businesses in America survive by hook or by crook…but mostly by crook. I beg to differ. In fact, it is my experience that most business people are people of integrity and achieve success by doing business the right way. This month Read More >

Employee Energy A Key To Business Success

Carl Robinson, Ph.D., copyright 2004 Current research into factors that contribute to business success provides some interesting insights… some of which are surprising and ironic. “Firms going public that place high value on employee energy, corporate culture, rewards and organization structure outperform their peers on stock price growth, sales growth and size when measured as Read More >

How to Become a Level 5 Leader – Part 1

by Carl Robinson, Ph.D., copyright 2004 Jim Collins discovered when analyzing the research for his book “Good to Great,” that the leaders who ran the “great” companies during the transition from good-to-great were all “Level 5” leaders. For those of you not familiar with “Good to Great,” the qualifying criteria was that a company had Read More >

How to Become a Level 5 Leader – Part 2

Last month I wrote that Jim Collins found in his research for his book “Good to Great” that all the great companies had Level 5 leaders at the helm during the transition from good to great. These leaders “embodied a paradoxical mix of personal humility and professional will.” This month, I’ll outline five preliminary steps Read More >

Creativity Killers – Watch Out!

By Carl Robinson, Ph.D., copyright 2004 During a recent dinner meeting with a group of bio-tech CEOs where I was the invited speaker, one of them complained about people who she characterized as, “Yes, but-ers.” Her complaint must have resonated because the other CEOs clamored to chime in with their examples of what I will Read More >

Success – Have the Rules Changed or Have You?

By Carl Robinson, Ph.D., copyright 2005 For many executives, the view from the top isn’t quite what they expected. So begins the article by Sheree Curry in the most recent issue of Executive Travel magazine, an American Express publication. I was interviewed at length for this article and she did such a good job that Read More >

The Group Mind or The Team Advantage

By Carl Robinson, Ph.D., copyright 2005 In today’s business it’s obvious…or it should be, that each of us has only a part of the expertise or information we need to get our jobs done. As a result, we are more dependent on each other than our “American” independent spirit may want to acknowledge. We were Read More >

Tips For Prospering in a Flat World

by Carl Robinson, Ph.D., copyright 2005 I’ve been reading, “The World is Flat,” by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times and have some thoughts about what it takes to prosper, not just survive, in a flat world. Friedman’s main points were that in a world of globalization and the internet, there is nowhere to Read More >


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