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Posts by Thought Leaders and Business Leaders who are not our regular bloggers but have valuable insights and personal stories to share with our readers.

the ceo magazine, employee management,
Dean Niewolny, CEO, Halftime Institute

Helping Your People Finish Well

The first few waves of Baby Boomers have left the building, and they have taken their decades of experience, their strong relationships and their cool heads with them. Soon, the GenXers will head for whatever is next for them as well. How will this outflow of talent affect your business? And, is it possible to stop it and make your organization stronger while still keeping this group happy and productive?

the ceo magazine, negotiation,
Ruth Saunders, Author, Marketing in the Boardroom: Winning the Hearts and Minds of the Board

Introduction

An unfortunate but familiar scenario frequently plays out.

A team comes up with a breakthrough idea that could not only drive short term growth but also ensure long-term financial stability. But once in the boardroom it all falls apart, with members exposing cracks in the investment strategy where outcomes have not been clearly outlined or supported with adequate financial projections or relevant data. Defeat hangs heavy in the room, offset with blank stares and the demand to re-write plans.

the ceo magazine, leadership qualities,
Hugh Blane, President, Claris Consulting

I was a jerk of a leader. I’m not proud of it, but it’s true. At twenty-seven I got the job of my dreams. I had the title, status, authority, compensation and confidence of the Chairman of The Board and was viewed by the owners as the golden child. I was recruited to lead the company through a period of transformational growth and would be rewarded handsomely for doing so. This job was my big break career wise as well as financially.

the ceo magazine, gig economy,
Marion McGovern, Author, Thriving in the Gig Economy

Clearly the gig economy is here to stay. The trend toward independent work is accelerating as more and more people abandon long term corporate employment for consulting and/or freelance careers. Driven by a desire for flexibility, control over the content, location and impact of their efforts and often a desire to make more money, the ranks of the self employed as a percentage of the US workforce has increased by 50% in the last 10 years from 10% in 2005 to 15.8% in 2015.

the ceo magazine, leadership qualities,
Les Trachtman, CEO, The Trachtman Group

The biggest challenge that a founder or early stage company CEO faces is oddly not survival of his company but how his role needs to change as his company grows and matures. Many leadership transitions (founders being fired) occur when the company’s needs grow faster or in different direction than the CEO’s capabilities. In fact studies have shown that the more quickly a company becomes successful, the more likely it is that its founder gets replaced.  Fast scaling organizations require a chameleon like leader who can acquire new skills as his environment changes.  Those that don’t are replaced. It takes a deep level of self-awareness for a CEO to realize this is occurring and a level of maturity not found in many to do something about it.  Knowing when to continue to climb the leadership value ladder and when to gracefully dismount is the key to avoiding an uncomfortable, abrupt and often destructive CEO transition.

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