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Jan

17

2019
Thought Leadership Among Independent Executives

Thought Leadership Among Independent Executives

Bringing the experience and knowledge that comes from dealing with independent executives to you A number of factors has caused an increase in former corporate executives offering their services to companies on a temporary or project basis. It can be debated whether these executives are part of a growing career category referred to as independent executives or simply joining hundreds of thousands of other small...

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Jan

16

2019
3 Productivity Killers Interim Executives Get Rid of

3 Productivity Killers Interim Executives Get Rid of

Sometimes the path to greater productivity doesn’t lie in increasing things like motivation, communication or rewards, but instead in getting rid of productivity killers. Interim executives are experts in finding and removing them. When an interim executive steps into an assignment, they first look for ways to keep productivity high. The process to achieve that begins by eliminating all possible barriers to it. 1. Interim...

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Jan

13

2019
Challenges of Being a CEO: What it Takes to Lead a Company & Being a Great CEO

Challenges of Being a CEO: What it Takes to Lead a Company & Being a Great CEO

There is no recipe to becoming a great CEO. Joseph Bower, professor at Harvard Business School general management for 51 years, says the basic ingredients of a great CEO are intelligence, high level of energy (because management work is very demanding), persistence, patience, courage, and great communication skills which helps others see your vision. But alongside having quality characteristics and ambition, a great CEO or...

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Jan

11

2019
The Importance of the Break Even Point in Startups

The Importance of the Break Even Point in Startups

One of the biggest challenges faced by startups is money. Where does it come from? And how much do I need? Both can be answered if you know when you will reach your break even point. The sooner you reach it, the stronger your chances of growing and attracting larger capital. For a startup business, there are only two places where money comes from: customers...

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Jan

09

2019
Customer-Focused Business vs. An Operations Focused Business

Customer-Focused Business vs. An Operations Focused Business

All businesses have rules and policies governing the way they do business. While some are strict in enforcing them, others like a customer-focused business has more of a relaxed approach. A customer-focused business gives employees flexibility, and allow them to take risks to help push their performance above average. They are entirely focused on understanding potential customers, and hire and train employees to deliver the...

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Jan

08

2019
Marketing Lessons Learned

Marketing Lessons Learned

Cerius Executives has been operating for well over a decade, and during that time we’ve learned our fair share of marketing lessons. Although techniques and trends constantly change, there are some keys that remain timeless. Marketing Lessons – You need patience, patience, and more patience The business world isn’t known for its patience. You can ask Cerius’s co-founders Pam Wasley & Kristen McAlister about learning...

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Jan

07

2019
Put a Value On Your Tool Kit in Small Businesses

Put a Value On Your Tool Kit in Small Businesses

One big frustration faced by owners of small businesses face is that best practices from big companies aren’t applicable to small businesses. In this case study, independent executive Marc simplified tools and techniques to boost profits in small businesses The old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” is a good way of looking at some of the everyday, common-sense tools you use. As...

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Jan

06

2019
How to Prevent Bad Hires and Find the Right Person

How to Prevent Bad Hires and Find the Right Person

To find the right person is a challenge for job recruiters, but one that can be overcome with the right approach In an episode of the HBO hit TV show, Silicon Valley, the founding CEO of the company is asked to step down and is quickly replaced by an experienced CEO. The new hire comes in with big and bold ideas that promise to turn...

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Jan

05

2019
Interim Executive Case Files: Interim COO at a $30 Million Manufacturing Company

Interim Executive Case Files: Interim COO at a $30 Million Manufacturing Company

The impact of an interim executive COO at a manufacturing company This article examines the impact an interim executive had on a 30 million dollar manufacturing company when they brought in an interim COO for 4 days a week over 6 months to help address some of their challenges. Company background Prior to the interim executive joining the company, there were a number of challenges...

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Jan

03

2019
How Interim Executives Manage Companies in Growth

How Interim Executives Manage Companies in Growth

Interim Executives are the best choice for young, fast-growing companies. Their expertise and skills can help build foundations of growth that are sustainable and versatile. Growth in businesses and organizations is not always steady. Sometimes it so slow that it feels like there is hardly any growth at all. Other times, it is so fast that business owners don’t have the time to adjust and...

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