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CEOs: Be a General … and a Scout

I have mentioned on many occasions the Corner Office series in the Sunday NY Times which features an interview by Adam Bryant with a prominent CEO. The questions are consistent but invariably reveal an important reminder of  key elements of leadership. In a recent interview with Jim Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy, Rogers explained how…

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Try me now – hire me later!

I have always advocated the “try ’em to see if you like ’em” theory of hiring whenever you can pull it off. Business Week has written this week about Test Drives in the C-Suite, which suggests a growing trend toward a “temp-to-hire” process to see if an interim executive is the best choice to fill a…

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You don’t have enough time NOT to plan for 2010!

I saw this recent article which is a unique take on explaining the value of business plans. While I firmly believe that an unwritten plan is mostly a morass of untested ideas and random thoughts, following a methodical approach to building your business will pay great dividends. It simply doesn’t work to say you don’t…

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Death … Taxes … AND Succession Planning!

The sudden resignation of Ken Lewis from Bank of America highlights, yet again, the risks that family and other businesses take in failing to prepare for the inevitable succession of leadership. A succession plan doesn’t mean you have all the work done and the perfect successor is comfortably waiting in the wings, although that would…

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Jobs Credit: White Elephant? Red Herring?

How do you create jobs? Finally, this question is finally getting some attention in Washington …  sadly, it took increasing painful unemployment reports to get this front and center … but from the ground floor where we live, I don’t see the efficacy of some of the programs being considered. The NY Times summarized some…

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Job Creation? Not that I told you so … just saying ….

Sorry, folks, but I do not see any meaningful evidence of a stimulus package, that vaunted $700B jump-start to the economy. I deplored it back then … I think “mud sandwich” was the term I used. Some of us pointed out that Congress’ own calculations showed that most of it would not be effective until…

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Get Things Done – SIMPLY

Finding ways to get things done more simply is an elusive target for most of us. Forbes magazine recently carried an article in which Ron Ahskenas, a managing partner at Robert H. Schaffer & Associates, a Stamford, Ct. management consulting firm, talked about three key ways to get more done by “SIMPLIFYING” your business. While…

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I don’t buy a dog and bark for it

The NY Times runs a weekly column entitled the Corner Office, that discusses leadership lessons from CEO’s across a broad spectrum of companies. These interviews usually recall important tenets of successful leadership and serve as a valuable reminder about important lessons and how they should be applied. This week, Adam Bryant interviewed Susan Lyne, CEO…

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