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Executive Leadership

Walking the Talk: Can Executives Succeed Without It?

Terri Wallin | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
Terri Wallin

Is seems trite and perhaps overused to use the phrase "walking the talk," but truly, this phrase stands the test of time for an executive in terms of building trust with a team.

Transform Your Organization

Terri Wallin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

There are exhaustive resources on leadership styles and, with little agreement on what style is best, there is an executive leadership style that makes a difference in employee satisfaction--servant leadership.

Alignment Works for Tires. Does it Work for a Transformational Organization?

Terri Wallin | Posted 04.29.2015 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

Why is it that often a decision gets attention during a meeting with leaders, but when everyone leaves, the decision or directive everyone supposedly bought into has degrees of follow-through?

Death By Restructuring: Retailers Need to Stop Slicing the Cheese

Greg Portell | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Greg Portell

When the quarter ends, those words change, and management is stuck in an endless cycle of transformation. Retailers play catch up instead of leapfrogging ahead. Retailer programs aren't inherently doomed to fail. In fact, our analysis finds three themes associated with lasting success.

Are You an Effective Leader?

Terri Wallin | Posted 04.14.2015 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

There isn't a leader that at some level of insight, hasn't asked him/herself that exact question. How do you know if you are an effective leader? There is a vast smorgasbord of leadership styles out there. Is the right leadership style idiosyncratic? If not, how do you find the right one?

Dump Trucks: They Work for Construction, Not for Leadership

Terri Wallin | Posted 04.08.2015 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

What's the secret for keeping the dump truck on the construction site and not in the organization? The secret is for leaders to do a few things consistently. Here are seven leadership activities that work.

Executive Decisions: Using the 'What' and 'How' Method to Lead

Terri Wallin | Posted 03.31.2015 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

Making decisions can be a vexing experience. It seems that no matter the enterprise, decisions ignite conflict, arguments, and hurt feelings. But often it is not what the decision is but how it is executed that causes problems.

Why You Need Interns, and Why You Should Pay Them

Mike Harden | Posted 05.04.2015 | Small Business
Mike Harden

I'm a big believer in the value of interns. I've gone to different graduate schools and looked through databases of student resumes, searching for people who could help me do market research, financial analysis and other projects. It's one of the smartest moves a business can make.

Management and Parenting: What do They Have in Common?

Terri Wallin | Posted 03.22.2015 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

If you are in a management position and have children, this is probably an easy question to answer. For those of us who are in leadership positions and watch others who have children, the question is probably also an easy to answer.

Transforming at the Top - From Lonely to Exhilarating

Terri Wallin | Posted 02.15.2015 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

Savvy executives learn quickly whom they can confide in; savvy employees couch their up-line advice in terms of what they think the executive wants to hear.

To the Chief: Transformation Doesn't Have to be Difficult

Terri Wallin | Posted 02.08.2015 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

Transformation doesn't have to be difficult, but it does require leaders to embrace the efforts and to have the courage and patience to see the transformation through to completion.

It's All About the Leader

Terri Wallin | Posted 02.03.2015 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

The leader may blame or explain, but affirming competent companies are a mirror image of the person at the helm. Leaders who are attentive to detail manufacture goods or provide services of high quality. Leaders who train and empower their employees cultivate a culture of creativity.

Is Every Chief Executive Leader Equipped to Transform Their Organization?

Terri Wallin | Posted 12.13.2014 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

The culture of an organization is the responsibility of the leader and his/her behavior drives the culture. Because of this, transformation requires the leader to embrace transformation personally.

Avoid Creating a Workaholic Culture

Terri Wallin | Posted 12.02.2014 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

A workaholic team is often high producing but the unintended consequence is a higher level of burn-out, high illness and absentee rates, etc. -- for the employees and for the leader.

Walking the Talk - Can Executives Succeed Without It?

Terri Wallin | Posted 11.17.2014 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

Is seems trite and perhaps overused to use the phrase "walking the talk", but truly, this phrase stands the test of time for an executive in terms of building trust with a team.

A Transformational Essential for Executive Leaders: Begin Succession Planning on Hire

Terri Wallin | Posted 10.26.2014 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

"Hiring for fit" is a critical element of succession planning. Once you begin hiring in this way, it is easier to select people who are eager to grow and have the background and ability to move up within the organization over time.

6 Steps for Executive Leaders to Develop and Achieve Their Vision

Terri Wallin | Posted 10.20.2014 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

Do you have a compelling vision that sets you apart in your industry? If not, take a few minutes to write down your dream for your organization. If you have a vision, what evidence shows that your employees are behind it?

You Are the Chief Executive, But... Are You Coachable?

Terri Wallin | Posted 09.14.2014 | Small Business
Terri Wallin

Remember many of us are great at noticing weaknesses, particularly in others. But we are less capable of noticing when someone has changed and flipped a weakness into strength. It might take time for others to notice the difference, but over time, they will.

The Need to Build Virtuous Organizations

Frank Islam | Posted 02.17.2014 | Business
Frank Islam

We don't know how many virtuous organizations there are in the United States today. We do know that we need more -- many more.

5 Essential Leadership Keys For Executives... And Life

D. Reid Middlebrooks | Posted 11.06.2013 | Small Business
D. Reid Middlebrooks

For me, the most rewarding aspects of being an entrepreneur are the serious challenges that it presents and the no-safety-rope, feet-to-the-fire doing that's required. Leadership is one of those executive skills that are absolutely critical for success, but it isn't really taught in the schoolroom - most of us have to learn it through a variety of costly trials and errors, and very patient mentors.

What's Keeping CEO's Awake?

John Mattone | Posted 02.18.2013 | Business
John Mattone

As Warren Buffett once said, "Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing." No organization wants to run the risk of having leaders who don't know what they are doing and with this year's research, we see some fear that this is exactly what is going on.

The Boardroom Series: What's Holding Women Back From Getting on the Board?

Dr. Sasha Galbraith | Posted 01.20.2013 | Business
Dr. Sasha Galbraith

Women may be chipping away at the glass ceiling, but when it comes to elbowing our way into the boardroom, progress is painfully slow.

What Makes for Good Leadership?

Beth Weinstock | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business
Beth Weinstock

Good leaders do not need to be good at everything. They need to increase self-awareness, know their strengths, invest in them, and support others who have complimentary gifts and talents.

About Leadership: The Discomfort Index

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

There is often a certain level of discomfort which increases productivity, but if you go beyond it productivity falls off abruptly. So the skilful leader takes risks with discomfort, but keeps the door open so he can take the temperature back down again.

About Leadership: Chairing

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

We have all seen people do a really poor job at chairing a meeting. Have you seen this happen? Have you done it yourself? Do you have someone who will tell you if you are guilty of these errors?