the ceo magazine, leadership
Bruce Madnick, CPA & Managing Partner, Friedman LLP

Character should be a firm-wide priority regardless of industry. Having worked with clients in many industries over the years, I have come to realize that regardless of the space—retail, manufacturing, hospitality, e-commerce—the ones that were most successful didn’t merely pay lip service to character-related issues. On the contrary, they were a core part of their culture.

Many health clubs see an explosion of members every January 1. In conjunction with  a New Year’s Resolution to be more fit, Americans join fitness centers with the sincere or insincere belief that they will actually show up for a work-out.

As the weeks of a new year tick by, so does the motivation to start or end a work day with a work out. What if a New Year’s Resolution turned your eye inward rather than outward? What if your focus was on the internal you rather than the external you?

This past week we picked up a new client that had an immediate need for several videos. On less than a day’s notice two of my employees were on a plane on a Thursday to the client’s location.  Others back at the office started working on elements of the project. When the field team returned late Friday things were humming along. We had a plan.  We knew that included working on Saturday.  However, like most projects it turned out to be more complicated than anyone anticipated.

Kim Shepherd, CEO, Decision Toolbox

As we kick off a new year, we have already started to see new hiring trends. In my opinion, the most crucial trend employers need to be aware of is the shift in hiring power. Nowadays, nine out of 10 employers still think it’s up to candidates to prove themselves for jobs. This, however, is no longer the case. We are living in a “ME Inc.” world. The hiring landscape has become less about the employer choosing the employee, and more about the employee making the decision. Now, it’s time for companies to impress.

the ceo magazine, accountability
Julie Miller and Brian Bedford

As a leader at your organization, you like to think that you run a pretty tight ship. But if you’re being honest with yourself, you know that you let a few things slide in 2013. None of these transgressions have been deal-breakers, but you know if you don’t start holding yourself and your employees accountable for the little things, they’ll eventually lead to bigger, more damaging things. 



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