the ceo magazine, decision making,
Dr. Myranda S. Grahek, President, Leadership Worth Following, LLC.

Leaders are called upon to make a host of decisions every day. Many decisions are made almost reflexively—based upon accumulated experience, knowledge, and even instinct. Negative impacts most often occur when decisions are delayed or not made at all. Occasionally leaders are faced with highly complex decisions where there is no clear-cut solution. The consequences of a good or a poor decision can be significant and felt throughout the company. A wrong decision could have significant, even catastrophic consequences. The key to making good decisions and avoiding big messes begins with implementing an effective decision-making process.

the ceo magazine, decision making,

           When leaders continually and constantly grapple with tough questions and develop a list of standards that serves as more than a pretty poster, their beliefs serve as the bedrock of the organization’s strategy and provide guidelines about how and what to change. When beliefs veer from espoused values and create a dysfunctional or confusing set of standards, the opposite occurs; and people start to behave in ways that hurt the organization.

the ceo magazine, corporate culture,
Robbie Bach, Author, Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal

When I am introduced as Microsoft’s original Chief Xbox Officer (or CXO), I get all kinds of reactions ranging from “Wow, what a great opportunity” to “Can I have your autograph for my son?”  The Xbox saga was a challenging journey in many ways, and when I decided to write a book about the experience, I quickly realized how much I learned and how much I grew as a leader during the sojourn.  Distance has a great way of bringing important insights.  The result of all of this reflection, Xbox Revisited:  A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal, takes the lessons from my time as CXO and applies them to both corporate and civic challenges.  So whether you are a CEO of a for profit business, the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, the head of a government agency, or an individual looking to improve, there are some important truths to take from the trials, challenges, and triumphs of the Xbox team.



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