What We're Thinking: Blog

16 Aug

The Key to Acting Like a Business Owner

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

What does it mean for employees to act like business owners? If an employee acts like a business owner, is it a result of financial incentives, personality, or a combination of both? These questions came to mind while reading an article about Tony’s Diner in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Tony is Tony Nicklow, and his catering company

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Team Alignment
09 Aug

An Aligned Team Trumps the Alternative! (pun intended)

Bill LundbergBy Bill Lundberg

If you’ve been paying attention to the national news, it is apparent that every CEO needs an aligned executive team to accomplish their objectives. The newswires have been dominated with stories of our country’s top team being anything but aligned; this doesn’t give me a high level of confidence in them or our near-term future.

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Realizing Potential
02 Aug

4 Winning Conditions to Realize Potential

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

I was recently invited to speak to a graduate class in the Organizational Development program at The University of St. Thomas. There were about 15 students who were either working in the Human Resources field or aspiring to. And not just anywhere in HR, but particularly in the areas of the field related to growing

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26 Jul

The 7 Best Books on Leadership

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

The ice breaker question at my last Allied Executives Peer Group meeting was “What is the best business book you’ve read?” I was stymied. Not only have I been a business consultant for the past 13 years but prior to that, I was an avid reader of business books. This goes back to college when,

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Occupational Hazard
19 Jul

Being a Hypocrite is an Occupational Hazard for a CEO Advisor

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

Being a hypocrite is an occupational hazard of being a CEO Advisor, at least an honest one. I find myself offering a strong opinion to a client while at the same time on the inside thinking, “Physician, heal thyself” more times than I am comfortable with. This is particularly true when reflecting on the difficult and lonely

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breathing and leading
12 Jul

What Do Breathing and Leading Have in Common?

Vicki TurnquistBy Vicki Turnquist

I am a choral singer, although not a formally trained singer. And like thousands of of other Minnesotans who live in the land of 10,000 choral singers, I love it. I decided to take voice lessons over the summer to build and keep my voice strength through the “off season.” Here’s what I’m learning: I

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05 Jul

Four Critical Components of Executive Presence

The Bailey GroupBy The Bailey Group

Executive presence is a powerful term, don’t you think? Is there anyone out there who wouldn’t want to be described as having “executive presence?” Aside from sounding impressive, it’s a key competency in organizational leadership – leaders seek it, peers admire it, bosses want their employees to have it. And yet, executive presence is rather

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27 Jun


Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

If you have been keeping current on any business news, you’ve heard that Travis Kalanick, the CEO of Uber, has finally resigned. Two weeks ago, he announced he was taking a “leave of absence” citing the recent death of his mother and the need to “grow as CEO” (duh!), as reasons to take a break

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21 Jun

We Are All a Work in Progress

Martha CarlsonBy Martha Carlson

I recently had the privilege to participate in the swimming competition at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama. The Games, a 19-sport, biennial competition for men and women 50 and over, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors. The vision of the National Senior Games Association is to promote healthy lifestyles

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CEO Advisor
06 Jun

Why Hire a CEO Advisor?

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

“When we buy a product [or service], we essentially ‘hire’ something [or someone] to get a job done”, says Clayton Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, in his new book “Competing Against Luck”. Why Hire a CEO Advisor? What “job” do clients hire CEO Advisors to do? Here are

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