Author Archives: Martha Carlson

03 May

Hey, CEO – Is Your Team Rowing in the Same Direction?

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

As a CEO, you may be tempted to believe that your Executive Team is a well-oiled, high performing machine. After all, you had significant influence on its membership, whether having hired everyone or at least vetted those you inherited when you started. Your team meetings have good agendas, everyone shows up, there’s little open warfare,

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12 Apr

To See Ourselves as Others See Us

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

In my 11th grade British Literature class we studied poet Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), the Scottish poet who penned such classics as “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye”, “A Red, Red Rose”, and “To a Mouse”.  But I was reminded of another Robert Burns classic while reading an article on the impact

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31 Jan

The Transformative Role of Mentorship in Business

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

On December 28, 2016, President Obama declared January 2017 National Mentoring Month. In his presidential proclamation he stated, “This month, we reflect on the transformative role mentorship can play and acknowledge the many ways that mentors have helped our next generation of leaders and innovators grow.” Mentoring often begins with students or young adults but

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21 Nov

The Good Side of Politics

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

The United States of America recently elected its 45th president through a longstanding political process. As you well know, the political process is often fraught with issues and challenges (to put it lightly), giving politics a bad rap. Before you get your knickers in a knot, let me assure you—this blog isn’t about the recent

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18 Oct

Accountability Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

One of the topics at a recent onboarding session for some of our CEO advisors was the types of problems CEOs face and how we work with them to solve them. As we were talking, I was reminded that a significant aspect of a CEO advisory engagement (or any executive coaching engagement) is accountability. According

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02 Aug

How Leaders Respond to Failure

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

I am a recovering triathlete. Between 1995 and 2014 I completed over 50 triathlons and other multi-sport events ranging from sprint to half Ironman distance. In my prime, I was pretty competitive, frequently placing in the top of my age group and overall. In February of 2012, shortly after my 49th birthday, I had emergency surgery to

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05 Jul

Eight Factors That Contribute to the Demise of CEOs

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

According to a study of CEO success conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2015, CEO turnover at the 2,500 largest companies in the world rose from 14.3 percent in 2014 to 16.6 percent in 2015—a record high for this particular study. The higher rate was driven by a combination of unusually strong mergers and acquisitions

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30 May

Seven Principles for Managing People Issues When There’s No Playbook for Leadership

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

I recently read a Wall Street Journal leadership article on helping bosses decode the millennial workforce. Tony Kender, Oracle’s senior VP of human capital, relayed a situation where he granted an employee a three-month leave of absence to attend a friend’s snowboarding competition on the theory that it wouldn’t significantly affect his long-term value to the firm and would

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20 Apr

Getting Out of ‘Overwhelm’ When You Are in Overdrive

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

Ever felt like you’re running around whacking moles and the moles are winning? Many executives are “Type A” drivers, a personality type that can lead to success when appropriately applied. However, when left unchecked or coupled with other characteristics such as hyper-responsibility or perfectionism, Type A drivers can go into overdrive, which ultimately leads to

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