the ceo magazine, branding,
Kevin Stimpson, International Speaker & CEO, Strive & Grind

To grow your brand organically, you have to literally plant your seeds, nurture them, and watch the seeds grow. Your goal should be to create something that people are loyal to. However, many entrepreneurs struggle to have customers buy over and over again. Why? It's because they aren't building a brand. Instead, they focus most of their time generating leads and driving traffic to average products and services. But of course, people don’t want average products and services. They want the best products and services. And, they want to be treated like your business actually cares.

Here are 5 steps to help you get there:

the ceo magazine, time management,
Bishop Joseph Warren Walker, III, Author, No Opportunity Wasted: The Art of Execution

Remember when you were young and hungry, with the future just beyond your doorstep? Each day was an opportunity to fulfill your purpose, to achieve your dream. You ate, breathed and slept success – when you slept at all. There were 24 hours in a day to move you closer to your goal. Why waste a minute?

the ceo magazine, innovation,
Jon Kolko, Author, Creative Clarity

Creativity is fundamental to driving the market. It's no longer a word used to describe aesthetics or the "icing on the cake"; creativity is a required competency for organizations who seek to identify new market opportunities, define new ways of running their business, and ship innovative products and services. But the creative process, and creative people, can be frustrating. The process is messy and organic, and the people are emotional and eccentric. Often, conservative companies who have established ways of doing and thinking have trouble attracting and retaining creative talent, who feel stifled by regimented processes, rules, and a hierarchical culture of consensus.

the ceo magazine, recruiting,
David Mattson, CEO & President, Sandler Training

A quote widely attributed to hockey great Wayne Gretzky is one you may be familiar with: “Skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it’s been.” These words have been applied to any number of business situations and have perhaps been overused. Even so, they illustrate an important recruiting principle that senior leaders should understand—one that many of the CEOs with whom I work are unaware.

On the good days as leader, you feel like a winning coach at the Super Bowl. On the bad days, you feel as though you’re skiing just a few feet ahead of an avalanche. Most days fall somewhere in between.

To increase your chances of more good days than bad, check your leadership aptitudes and attitudes:

Are You Emotionally “UP” As a Leader?

Show UP as a Leader

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