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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, time management,
Rick Miller, Author, Be Chief: It’s a Choice, Not a Title

Those who occupy the corner office know that expectations and opinions about WHAT should be done and HOW it should be done come from all directions. And while there is a wide variance in the “what’s” of CEO decision making, the “how’s” are delivered with surprising uniformity by CEOs across almost every industry. In particular, everyone expects those at the top to be confident, clear, concise, compelling, and consistent (the 5 C’s).

the ceo magazine, culture,
Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO, Ruder Finn

As companies seek a new strategic vision in a digital age, mergers are on the rise. Many of the mergers on the table are driven by the urgency to transform business strategy and gain scale. This is leading to the combination of companies with widely varying cultures. In this context, it’s no longer enough for company leaders to focus solely on the combination of finances and operations; they need to know how to best combine two (often very different) cultures, all while maintaining a strong company internal spirit in the wake of major changes. In fact, cultural integration was the second most common direct factor cited for deal failure by companies in Aon Hewitt’s Global Survey and has increasingly become recognized as a top issue in deal-making.

the ceo magazine, leadership,
Chip R. Bell, Author, Kaleidoscope:  Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles

There was a Muppet character on Sesame Street who was an enthusiastic chef with such a strong Swedish accent you could not understand a single word he said.  His sketch appeared like a Julia Childs style cooking show.  My son was eight or nine at the time, and it made him laugh every time.  My late business partner was of Swedish heritage and from Minnesota.  He loved telling jokes about Minnesotans with Swedish accents.  While you could understand all his words, his accent sounded much like the Muppet character. 

the ceo magazine, change management,
Mostafa Sayyadi, Author, Leading Between the Lines

Today‘s globalized nature of business is placing more pressure on companies to employ change management leaders who are capable to build learning companies. There are many studies that focus on the organizational factors that drive organizational innovation. Structure is one such area that plays a critical role and is a strategic prerequisite for business success in today’s knowledge-based economy.

the ceo magazine, productivity,
Marc Effron, President, Talent Strategy Group

It may seem challenging to extract even higher performance from your already driven and overworked team, but science suggests that even hard-working leaders leave significant performance “on the table.” The good news is higher performance doesn’t require that you embrace another new management fad. The boost happens when you apply what’s already scientifically-proven to improve performance at work.

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