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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

Danielle PaulsonBy Danielle Paulson

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

Uber-Derailed

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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Influence
31 May

Failure to Influence. Your Fault? Their Fault? Or Default?

Danielle PaulsonBy Danielle Paulson

If there’s one area of leadership where “my way or the highway” just doesn’t work over the long haul, it’s how you choose to engage and influence those on your team and others within your organization—up, down or across. Newer generations are asking why, not just what, and leaders need to equip themselves with tools to negotiate

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Stressed Executives and Reactive Dogs
24 May

Stressed Executives and Reactive Dogs

Barb Krantz TaylorBy Barb Krantz Taylor

Many of you know I train dogs…and it is uncanny how often insights I gain from that world help me understand the world of executives. Here is today’s lesson:  Both dogs and people have emotional brains that react under pressure and stress and impact performance. In an “optimal emotional state”, my dogs perform great. With

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10 May

The End of Bad Executive Team Meetings

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

My client, CEO of a large financial services firm, drummed his fingers on the table and looked out the window. It was beautiful outside, the first warm and sunny day of spring. Inside, the fourth PowerPoint deck of the day was being presented. All the decks had been at least 45 slides in length and

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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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