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Mindsets for Business Innovation: CEO’s Should Start With Themselves

Every emerging middle market company must define and secure its vision of the future. At the same time, the company’s present may at times seem precarious. The gap between where a company wants to go and where it finds itself right now can look very wide. ... Full story

5 Leadership Lessons: Listen, Learn, Lead

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! We all go through life half-aware sometimes. ... Full story

CEO Takes Action On Manufacturing Skills Gap

I was inspired last week after speaking with an executive of a metal forming company in Louisville, Kentucky that is not waiting for others to solve our nation’s skilled labor problem. Tom Hudson is a doer and the CEO of nth/works. ... Full story

What Inspiring Leaders Do

What do top executives want from their leaders? IBM recently asked this question of 1,700 CEOs in 64 countries. The three leadership traits that most mattered were the ability to focus intensely on customer needs, the ability to collaborate with colleagues — and the ability to inspire. ... Full story

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Brand Revival: How Talking Rain went from death’s doorstep to $200 million in revenues in three years

An interview with CEO Kevin Klock on his extraordinary turnaround of Talking Rain, a beverage company based in Seattle, WA. From the July/August, 2013 Edition of PRESIDENT&CEO Magazine. ... Full story

Leadership Mandates for Business Transformation

We are living in a transformative age, and no industry is immune to waves of change. The automotive and energy industries are racing to find the next stage of their evolution in a world that is -- if it hasn't already -- passing the tipping point, where there is less easily accessible oil in the ground than the global market demands. The media industry is grappling with the democratization of information resulting from the Internet that has completely eroded the business models of film studios, music producers and traditional journalism publishers. ... Full story

5 Transitions Great Leaders Make That Average Leaders Don't

The secret to leadership is there aren’t any real secrets. The best leaders have simply gone to school on improving their tradecraft. While the capabilities possessed by the best leaders might seem otherworldly to many, they are merely the outcome of hard work, experience, perspective, and yes, a bit of luck. ... Full story

A Lesson From Cambodia: Never Underestimate Your Resilience

I’ve just returned from a trip to Cambodia with my family. In between lots of fun and adventurous new ‘firsts’ (“Crispy fried crickets anyone?”), I had many encounters that reminded me just how resilient the human spirit can be. ... Full story

Taking Over From The Founder: Three Tips For Zynga's New CEO

Act like a steward. That’s it – the single most important secret to success for a leader taking over from the founder. If you get it, there’s no reason to read any further. But if you don’t, the consequences can be dire. ... Full story

When CEOs Talk Strategy, 70% Of The Company Doesn't Get It

CEOs are often left wondering whether their people truly understand their vision. It’s a dangerous place to be, and it’s a difficult situation to diagnose and address. My colleague Jimmy Leppert explores the extent of what is lost if leaders ignore the issue, as well as the best ways to ensure clarity of your vision. ... Full story

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