Author Archives: Barb Krantz Taylor

18 Apr

Four Ways CEOs Can Become the Alignment They Seek

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

Ensuring teams are aligned within an organization is a lot like laying tile—little inconsistencies in spacing in the first row turn into bigger and bigger gaps as you go. CEOs and Executive Leadership Teams (ELTs) must truly be aligned in their understanding and commitment to the mission/vision/values of the organization, and the strategic direction and

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02 Dec

Fight or Flee: Mastering Your Emotional Brain

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

When our “emotional brain” kicks in, our primitive nature comes out. For example, our ancestors found it advantageous to, in the presence of a Saber Tooth Tiger, either fight or flee. As CEO, you aren’t likely to come face to face with that tiger, but I am fairly confident that your emotional brain feels like

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30 Sep

What To Do If Your Organization Gives Push Back?

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

Here’s a common scenario….As a CEO, you and your ELT have been immersed in your organizational transformation. Changes in your industry, customer needs/demands, economic pressures, and the growth in size of your company have convinced you that fundamental changes are necessary to your continued success, if not survival. You’ve talked about it and considered options

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26 Aug

Can a Sheep Dog Teach a CEO New Tricks?

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

One of my hobbies is stock handling, ie., training my dog to herd sheep, ducks, and cattle. And, I have come to believe that everything I need to know about leadership, I have learned working with my dog and livestock. Well, not really but there are some remarkable similarities….Here’s one insight: In a typical herding

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22 Jul

Do You Have True Partnership at the ELT Level?

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

I want my executive team to be siloed… said NO CEO EVER. Yet, despite the best of intentions, it’s funny how so many still are. Real alignment, integration and execution around common enterprise-wide goals are the dream of all senior teams. But here is a common scenario I get while interviewing members of an executive

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30 Apr

Are You a Jerk?

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

A recent Hogan Newsletter article, “So Your Boss Is a Jerk” reported that around 50% of us find our worst bosses to be arrogant, manipulative and/or passive aggressive.  Or in common parlance, they are what many of us might call a “jerk”.  Yet, these same characteristics are also seen as “leader-like” and many individuals who have these

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