Keith, CEO of a Fortune 500 financial organization, called with an intriguing project—one I’ve never been asked to repeat elsewhere, but one with fascinating results.

The Project

the ceo magazine, productivity,
Corrie Shanahan, Author, Do it, Mean it, Be it. The Keys to Achieve Success, Happiness and Everything You Deserve at Work and in Life 

In my new book "Do it, Mean it, Be it. The Keys to Achieve Success, Happiness and Everything You Deserve at Work and in Life” I describe the strategies and secrets of people who are not only extremely successful but who also have a life. Why? Because I believe the two are not mutually exclusive. I believe it’s possible to do a great job, be rewarded for it, and also have fun. And if you’re not doing that, what’s the point? I interview a number of CEOs in the book and here are some of the things they had in common about getting more done, in less time.

Leaders aim to make their mark on business operations, imprint their philosophies on their staff, leave their legacy on the organization.  They hope the team will remember their leadership as unique, profitable, and pleasant.  Understandable goals.

But all too often, new leaders start out with similar clichés and concepts—lines that set their staff members up for disappointment, if not downright disengagement, rather than the intended productivity boost.

Do these new-leader clichés sound familiar?

the ceo magazine, self management,
Felena Hanson, Author, Flight Club - Rebel, Reinvent, and Thrive: How to Launch Your Dream Business

My calendar is jam-packed - It’s not unusual for me to work 12 hour days.  As an entrepreneur, there is always something I “should” or “could” be doing. This isn’t a complaint but a declaration that my life is full, busy, and can, at times, make me feel a little over-extended. I am invited to dozens of networking events, happy hours, brunches, awards ceremonies, etc... and as much as I care about each one, I simply can’t attend all of them. While I might be perceived as someone who is “everywhere”, I have a confession to make... I’m one person, who hasn’t yet received a government grant to clone myself… working on that!

the ceo magazine, business growth,

As my clients began to emerge from the global economic turmoil that began in 2008, they indicated they had learned numerous lessons—the most important one: When leaders make good decisions, little else matters. When they refuse to make decisions, or show a pattern of making bad ones, nothing else matters. As I helped these leaders position themselves for the new economy, I began to see what others didn’t see.

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