Don’t let corrupt businesses taint us all

The USA Today Editorial Board wrote an article yesterday – “Businesses Behaving Badly” – blaming business for the spread of anti-corporate views in the U.S. They write: “Much of their {corporate leaders} poor standing is the result of their own misbehavior.” I think this is a bit misguided and agree with the “opposing view” writer George J. […]

Setting aside CEO egos can make 1 + 1 = 3

I have spent much of my career running businesses in the startup phase of their lives. In my mind, the startup phase continues until you are confident that the business can survive any normal risk scenario. The definition of normal risk could be debated, but most CEOs know the feeling when they make the transition […]

The tenuousness of CEO tenure

Recent research on U.S. CEO tenure varies anywhere from 5 to 8 years, but one thing is certain: CEOs have less time than ever to prove their merit. Part of the reason is market dynamism and the rapid changes taking place in businesses today. A CEO who was a perfect fit when he was hired […]

2014 Issues for a 2016 Exit – Part 1

If you want an exit later, deal with critical issues now. Guest author Bob Barker is managing partner of 20/20 Outlook LLC. He acts as a trusted CEO advisor, helping convert a clear vision into executable strategies that accelerate growth. Most CEOs expect to sell out at some point. A classic mistake is waiting too long to […]

Why do so many companies want to fire their CEO? – CBS News

Why do so many companies want to fire their CEO? – CBS News

This is a great article written by Margaret Heffernan for CBS Moneywatch. She discusses how CEOs are not prepared for the role and therefore don’t know what to do when they achieve it (my mantra for this blog). As I’ve written about before, most CEOs have gotten the job because they were superstar performers in their careers, meaning they have specialized knowledge in marketing, sales, engineering or another function. But the CEO role entails a unique set of responsibilities. As Heffernan says, “But once they assume senior executive positions, they need entirely different skills: networking, knowledge-gathering, consensus building, listening. They should be good at this – so why aren’t they?”

How Does a Small Company Culture Lay Off Employees? With a Job Fair

Guest post by Veena Vadgama, Vice President of Marketing for Network Instruments Making a decision to reduce headcount or shut down operations is a scenario no CEO ever wants to face. But how a CEO delivers this news and treats his or her employees after the announcement can say a lot about the company’s culture. […]

Top 10 posts of 2013

In case you missed them, here are my most-viewed blog posts of 2013:

  1. Support oddballs in your company culture
  2. Texas vs. California: Texas Wins
  3. CEOs: Employee engagement matters
  4. How executives hire: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on finding motivated employees
  5. The million dollar hire
  6. 5 Responsibilities of a CEO: Own the Vision
  7. When do you hire for job experience vs. raw talent?
  8. 10 Steps to a Nine Figure+ Exit
  9. The No Asshole Policy and Company Culture
  10. 5 Responsibilities of a CEO: Make Good Decisions