Leadership


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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May

10

2012

Is Your Company Suitably Prepped for Growth, or a Merger, or an Acquisition?

You can’t achieve healthy, controlled growth – or execute on a merger or acquisition – without strong fundamentals. To help you see where you are on the preparation continuum, we asked some of our interim financial executives what questions CEOs should be asking themselves to weed out unhealthy habits and activities from your company and promote healthy growth. How much do you know about your...

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Apr

25

2012

Important Considerations Before Reorganizing the Sales Team

Contributed by Mary Tucker Reorganizing the sales organizations is frequently driven by internal changes in a company. Those changes might include: new or exiting team members, expanded opportunities to sell new products or sell in new territories. Frequently, sales leaders focus on the internal mechanics of effecting such changes. However, managing the retooling of a sales organization from an internal management perspective ignores two critical...

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Apr

19

2012

Temporary is more permanent than you think

If you ask any CEO or business owner if they have heard of using temporary workers in different areas of their company, I doubt you would find a single “No” in the group. Now ask the same group if they have ever heard of or thought of using a temporary executive, and the word “No” starts to come out. When the concept of a temporary...

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Apr

13

2012

15 Minutes Could Improve Your Company 15%+

It is estimated there are over 70 crucial markers a business leader is expected to watch every day. Somewhere in that mountain of priorities is the Product, Plan, People and Finances. So how does a business leader stay focused with so many moving parts on a daily basis. Your CompanySnapshot The old acronym of KISS is rare to find in this age of technology and...

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Apr

10

2012

CEO Confidence back to one year high

“Expected economic gains have prompted CEOs to continue to slowly expand employment in anticipation of higher sales,” reports the Vistage CEO Confidence Index. The index reports its highest level since Q1 of 2011. Whether it is a sign of an increasing rise to come or simply first-of-a-new-year optimism has CEOs cautiously moving forward. One of the biggest gains sited is the ability to be more...

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