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the ceo magazine, customer centricity,
Chris Rothstein, CEO & Co-founder, Groove.co

My journey to becoming a Silicon Valley-based tech founder wasn’t the typical path. Growing up in a farm town in Minnesota, my exposure to the business world was very different than the operations of Silicon Valley. My father owned a tractor dealership, and he was my prime model for how to do business. Though I am a long way from Minnesota now, there are still many lessons that I learned at my father’s tractor dealership that I have brought with me to Silicon Valley.

the ceo magazine, change management,
Phil Geldart, Founder & CEO, Eagle’s Flight

When we think about what's necessary to align an organization during a time of change, we often underestimate the importance of the executive team members throughout that journey.

There is no question that they play a vital role at the outset, because they are typically the ones who initiated the changes that led to a need for alignment in the first place. Also, the executive team provides the rationale for the change, often the resources required, and the link to the strategic plan.

the ceo magazine, networking,
Steven David Elliot, Chief Visionary Officer, Rockstar Connect

Traditionally people think of networking as a way to meet people from their own or other industries, to pass referrals, and establish relationships. It is certainly all the above, but in the age of social media live networking events can be used for branding. In the past when you went to a networking event, only the people in attendance were aware that you were networking. With the advent of Facebook, LinkedIn, meetup, Instagram and others, thousands of people can easily be aware that you are a connector and all that entails.

Maxine Harris, PhD, Co-author, Lessons for Non-Profit and Start-Up Leaders

Self-awareness is seen as an essential component of having healthy relationships and of achieving success in any organization. Every year, businesses of all types and sizes spend resources and what can be as much as tens of thousands of dollars (depending on the size of the organization) to help top-level managers attain a better awareness of how they see themselves and how they are seen by others. Techniques such as staff retreats; individual coaching and supervision; and 360 evaluations in which employees receive feedback from peers, as well as from those above and below them in the organization, are all used in the quest for making leaders more self-aware.

the ceo magazine, personal security,
Charles E. Goslin, UNDERSTANDING PERSONAL SECURITY AND RISK: A Guide For Business Travelers

The Corporate CEO is quite often compared to the captain of the ship.  The CEO’s judgements and decisions rendered regarding the company's course in business, and care for its valuable assets that move the “company ship” towards its goal should be sound and consistent.   At least, one would hope. 

Poor judgement, inconsistency and questionable logic have caused more corporations to go under, their CEOs fired, or resigned in disgrace.   These fatal flaws all represent a misunderstanding or minimization of risk to a business.  

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