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Sep

17

2014
Strategic Planning: Searching for a Cure for the Common Strategy

Strategic Planning: Searching for a Cure for the Common Strategy

Contributed by Pamela Wasley, CEO. Strategic planning, for many companies, represents the classic definition of an oxymoron. The annual process is neither strategic nor does it incorporate meaningful planning. To jump in a car and start a vacation with a general idea of the destination, but no specific route or budget in mind, is most likely something most of us would not do, particularly if...

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Sep

12

2014
Interim COO Files: The Case of the Sinking Ship

Interim COO Files: The Case of the Sinking Ship

The first in a series of adventures based on real client assignments. The situation and results are real. The story is just for fun. Enjoy. Marc paused on the stairs cooling off after his run. Snatching his towel he glanced back at the raw power of the Pacific Ocean and thought of the many oceans he had crossed as a Navy Commander. He sighed. Like...

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Sep

11

2014
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A Threat to Temporary Workers in California

Contributed by Pamela Wasley, CEO. The California legislature struck another blow against business. As of August 28, AB 1897 (authored by Roger Hernandez, D – West Covina) passed in the California Assembly on a 47-24 concurrence vote and is now on Governor Brown’s desk awaiting his consideration. (Those of us in California know how these types of bills fare once they reach Governor Brown’s desk....

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Aug

29

2014
Tips for Writing the Perfect Profile of a Top-Level Interim Executive

Tips for Writing the Perfect Profile of a Top-Level Interim Executive

Contributed by Kristen McAlister, President. As a top level executive with an extensive career, writing one’s profile or resume can be challenging. The challenge increases for interim executives and executive consultants because of the variety and volume of engagements one has over time. The Interim Executive Cannot Lose Sight of What They Do Best What is the right information to include in a profile? How...

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Jul

11

2014

Two Ways to Ensure a Profitable Business Exit

Contributed by Cliff Sink. When small business owners go to sell their company they often receive a rude shock when the valuation that is offered to them is greatly below what they were expecting. This happens because buyers have become much savvier over the past few years in understanding for what they are really paying. Revenue and profits are great, but they only tell part...

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Jul

11

2014

Part-time Executives – Winds of Change Buffet the Staffing and Consulting Industries (Good!)

Contributed by Pamela Wasley, CEO. Here’s good news for any company that uses staffing or consulting firms. Your sources are multiplying, the quality of talent is high, and the price is a better value than ever. I used to complain that staffing and consulting firms were antiquated because they were still doing things the same way they did 100 years ago. Many still do. However,...

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Jul

07

2014

Selecting Your Heir Apparent – Take Succession Planning Seriously

Contributed by Matt Sauer, Chief People Officer. Whether you have a set time period for your exit or nothing on the horizon, it is always a good idea to be working on your succession planning and selecting your heir apparent. While it can never be too early to start working on this, you don’t ever want to be in the situation where it is too...

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Jul

07

2014

Revisiting Marketing Strategy

Contributed by Bob Donnelly. We have witnessed the rise and fall of many brands, and now we have the latest example in Radio Shack. Since its inception in 1921, it has ridden the proverbial life cycle from an embryonic start-up, through its growth phase, and into maturity during the 80’s and into the early 2,000’s. However, since the introduction of more and more sophisticated electronics,...

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May

30

2014
Is There a Human Cloud in Your Future?

Is There a Human Cloud in Your Future?

Contributed by Kristen McAlister, President. You can go online and shop for just about anything you want. It can be in your in hands as quickly as tomorrow, and now with Amazon’s new tests, possibly the same day. So why shouldn’t you have the same access for all facets of talent for your business? There are not only new ways to source talent, ie. websites...

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May

16

2014
Highlights of Latest Vistage CEO Confidence Index

Highlights of Latest Vistage CEO Confidence Index

Contributed by Pamela Wasley, CEO. According to the latest Vistage CEO Confidence Index survey, CEOs remain optimistic going into 2014. The last six months constitutes the highest level of optimism in three years. Revenues are up, cost cutting measures have increased profitability leaving a substantial amount of cash on balance sheets, and 74% expect their revenues to increase over the next 12 months. And interesting...

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