Graphic: Employee evolution past vs. future

Jacob Morgan, Principal & Co-Founder of Chess Media Group, recently published this graphic in a Forbes article about his new book titled “The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization.” The image is an excellent snapshot of how much flexibility and opportunity employees have today vs. just a few short years ago. The book promises to be a good guide for CEOs and all types of leaders, who need to understand how work is evolving and what today’s employees expect in a job.

For a summary of his book, read the full Forbes piece at http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2014/09/02/the-evolution-of-the-employee/

Image courtesy of Chess Media Group Image courtesy of Chess Media Group

What teaching teaches CEOs

Lifehacker recently published an article that particularly resonated with me: Six Things I Learned from Teaching That I Still Use in Everyday Life. The lessons I learned teaching for four years at Naval Nuclear Power School continue to help me to this day. The number one lesson that author Melanie Pinola cites is especially applicable for CEOs: Don’t Assume Another Person Understands What You’ve Said (or Did Not Say).

Evolving From Founder to Great CEO

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When can a founder be a good CEO? It’s an important question and the subject of my submission for next year’s South by Southwest conference. While not every founder is interested in becoming a full-time CEO, I believe anyone who is serious about it can learn the role with the right preparation and methodology.

CEO Fail: 6 CEOs Who Can Wreak Havoc

My long-standing CEO fail series on this blog has described many kinds of flawed CEOs – from this week’s “Playboy King” to the “Budget Tyrant” to the “Super VP,” who cannot stop doing his executives’ jobs long enough to focus on the CEO role. GetVoIP.com has created its own set of “toxic CEOs” in this infographic, along with some real-world examples of each. Also check out their stats, which cover everything from CEO tenure to the mother-in-law correlation (!?).

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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 […]

The most important managerial skill

This is an excellent blog post by Bryan Goldberg, the founder of Bleacher Report. He says the most important managerial skill is “battle-picking,” or the skill of knowing when to let employees make decisions – even decisions that the manager believes to be incorrect – and when to jump in and dictate a solution. On […]

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. […]

200 CEOs: We’re Flying Blind

My company Khorus just conducted a survey of 200 CEOs with 50+ employees about their main challenges, and the results are enlightening: More than 70 percent of those surveyed have previous experience as a CEO but still struggle to align employees to the corporate goals as well as capture and forecast company performance. The reasons? About half of CEOs blame one or […]