Leadership


Nov

04

2013

Why Most Job Descriptions Don’t Help Find the Right Executive

Contributed by Kristen McAlister, President We all know the typical job description that includes an overview, duties, responsibilities, etc. At Cerius, we have seen many executive job descriptions over the years and it is disconcerting to see included things such as “review monthly dashboard and reporting” and “manage the internal team and work with outside customers”. These are vague and do not incorporate decision making...

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Mar

22

2013

Leadership Styles for 2013 and Beyond

Contributed by Robert M. Donnelly It’s a fact that technology is allowing companies to increase profitability with fewer and fewer employees. Corporate earnings have risen at an annualized rate of 20.1 percent since the end of 2008. However, disposable income only grew 1.4 percent annually for the same period. Not only is the U.S. government now being forced to eliminate jobs in 2013, but sequestration...

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Oct

17

2012

Sparking Innovation with a Temporary Infusion of Specialized Executive Talent

The oft-repeated line, “Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation” is usually attributed to the late, great Peter Drucker. Whether he or Czech author Milan Kundera said it first, Drucker amplified it in such a way that should make every CEO sit up and take notice: “Marketing and innovation produce results. All the rest are costs.” The truth of this should ignite a...

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Sep

27

2012

Think Twice Before Hiring that Consultant

Contributed by Charles BesondyManagement consultants of all stripes should be in the executive’s arsenal of problem-solving weapons. However, before reaching for the phone next time you need objective advice, crisp analysis, extra horsepower, and a fresh dose of best practices I encourage you to consider an alternative to consultants — the interim executive.Interim executives, temporary executives, part-time executives — whatever term you use — usually...

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Aug

24

2012

Prepare for 2013 by Taking Care of the Basics

Contributed by Andrew Bart As the business environment becomes more global in nature, competition is increasing not only within the US but worldwide. Our world is definitely becoming a smaller place, economically, politically as well socially. Events such as environmental warming, wars, regional (e.g. European) debt crises as well as extreme poverty are impacting each of us no matter where the original event takes place....

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Jun

25

2012

“Just-In-Time-Executives” for Uncertain Times

While speaking recently with the CFO of a Fortune 500 company, it became clear that the need for just-in-time-executives is everywhere no matter the size of the company. Temporary executives are a great solution to fill the part-time need or full time gaps. Since we can’t predict the future and as unstable as the economic and political environment continues to be, it helps to have...

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Jun

19

2012

The Role of Internal Communications prior to M&A Event

In our recent article on M&As,“The Impact of Management on M&A Success: Is the Right Team inPlace to Maximize Your Company’s Pre-Sale Value?” we mention the “human factor” and the role of communications. In fact, the importance of a good communications plan and its impact on organizational culture during the M&A process deserves its own space. Why is culture so important? Because it defines how...

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May

29

2012

Do You Know Your Hidden Costs of Operations?

In our recent article, “Putting Muscle into Operations: Questions that Reveal Harmful Levelsof Frailty in a Critical Corporate Function” we offer a concluding recommendation that CEOs take an operational assessment. Akin to an audit, such an assessment examines some of the possible weaknesses our interim Chief Operating Officers, or COOs, helped us identify for the article, as well as help make forward projections for the...

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May

22

2012
Re-igniting Innovation: Tactics for Achieving Breakthroughs in Competitiveness and Customer Satisfaction

Re-igniting Innovation: Tactics for Achieving Breakthroughs in Competitiveness and Customer Satisfaction

In the age of globalization and the Web, products and services evolve from being unique to becoming a commodity in a very short period of time. This puts tremendous pressure on the organization to continually innovate in order to maintain relevance, competitiveness, and margin. Businesses typically rely on technology and product innovation to be competitive. Now we’re seeing companies strive for innovation in business processes,...

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May

18

2012

Rise of the Executive Temp

A recent Harvard Business Review article highlights the increase in former corporate executives offering their services to companies on a temporary or project basis. It is the creation of a new job category known as Interim Executive. As noted in, The Rise of the Supertemp, “Most supertems are refugees from big corporations and law and consulting firms who value the autonomy and flexibility of temporary...

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