CEO Fail: The Playboy King

I spent some time recently in England and experienced for the first time the concept of monarchy. Seeing the English King’s palatial estate at Hampton Court brought home the opulence of the 17th century monarchy. Clearly there was no distinction between the possessions of the monarchy and those of the country. I have seen CEOs […]

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 […]

Budget driven companies

How to tell if a company prioritizes budget over productivity

I know a senior manager at a large company who did not meet his direct manager for 18 months due to a travel ban. Finally, the ban was lifted and he made the trek to corporate headquarters to meet his boss. One hour after meeting with him an announcement came out reorganizing the senior manager […]

How to balance the budget with the business

As I mentioned in my most recent post – The budget is set so no brilliant ideas until next year – in many companies budgets are often the only strategic, tangible plans that lower-level managers and employees are exposed to by management. While the company may have some lofty mission or vision statement, those platitudes are […]