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Published on: Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Networking, As Easy as Sunday Morning

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Nearly all of my media consumption is technology driven, but every Sunday morning I still read The New York Times the old-fashioned way. The paper is so big it can't be contained in one day’s delivery; half of the paper arrives in my driveway Saturday morning, the rest on Sunday.

The signature blue plastic bag is dependably always outside waiting for me when I awake. It shone like a beacon atop piled high snow drifts this past winter, and it is easily detectable when it winds up amidst calf-high neglected grass in the summer.

Ritualistically, I spread the sections out across my dining room table, brew my coffee, program some Pandora channels on my iPad or pick the right playlist on my iPod, and prioritize first reads, what can wait, and the recycle pile (Sports).


Published on: Friday, June 17, 2011

What You Said: Leadership

Posted By: Robyn Greenspan
Filed Under: robyn greenspan, leadership, employment, executive, vision, tony vlahos, integrity, mood
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In a recent blog post, Screaming, ExecuNet CMO Tony Vlahos shared what he thought were the characteristics that made a great leader. More than 100 of our readers responded, chiming in with the qualities they felt necessary for effective leadership.


Published on: Thursday, January 20, 2011

What Can You Do to Own the Solution?

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I think one of the most important elements in career advancement, leadership and business success is that of ownership. By ownership, I don't mean the kind of financial stake you have in the business. That kind of ownership simply gives you the opportunity to share in the benefit or risk of the enterprise.

Instead, there is another form of ownership that most successful leaders demonstrate, a form of ownership that will cause others to sit up and take notice of who you are and what success skills you bring to the table. Demonstrate this form of ownership and you will be able to workaround any number of issues that get in the way as well as add to your career advancement scorecard.

All too often, technically competent managers fall short of the ownership mindset required to both advance and succeed. Instead, these managers are very good at finding fault, blaming others for the roadblocks or complaining about the lack of competence of other groups. The absolute worst thing about these kinds of managers is that they are often right! There are roadblocks out there and sometimes other groups aren't performing as they could or should.


Most private business owners wear two hats. One is the "Owner" hat. The other is the "CEO" hat. And Chuck Richards, CEO of Chairman's View, a business valuation consultancy, says the key to effectively passing any private, often small business from one leader to the next requires a strict ownership focus on building the transferable value of the enterprise.

First, Richards advises business owners, you must think like an owner, and to reach your goals for the eventual transition of the business, you must:
  1. Define success

  2. Assess the transferable value of the business asset

  3. Take measurable action

  4. Create better options


Published on: Thursday, July 22, 2010

New CEO or Wannabe?

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Who better to learn what to do in the corner office from than those who have been there, done that? The experiential advice that comes from peers can often enlighten and help solve real-world problems that research, case studies and experts don't address. Sometimes just the added support and validation is enough to power through all the critical decision-making and stress that comes along with the role.

ExecuNet members in the General Management Roundtable pooled their collective wisdom for a first-timer who needed to hit the ground running on company growth plans and funding:


A couple of weeks ago I posted a few thoughts on some of the "learnings" senior executives in transition or those just looking to make a change could take from coach John Wooden, which for lack of something more creative I called: Job Search Success Wooden Style. Based on some of the sports news that has happened since then, I hope someone sends a copy of Wooden on Leadership to the latest addition to the roster of the Miami Heat, but that's another story.

The real reason I bring up the post again is due to a comment that came in from Martin Yate, the well-known and respected author of the Knock 'Em Dead series that has covered the subject of effective job search from start to finish for many years.


As US business leaders try to make sense of what, at times, seems a confusing mix of economic reports and forecasts, there is a huge economy that's booming right now, and it's also focused squarely on talent and executive management and sustaining growth.

That country is Brazil, or for observers of our increasingly multi-polar world, the country that puts the "B" in the so-called "BRIC" economies.


We talk with executive and corporate recruiters every day, and they tell us the market is improving. We see it in our increased privately posted job listings and also in the increased number of searches that are done through our network using the profiles our members create for themselves. These searches are often for positions that will never be posted.


Finding new ways to do business is always a challenge, but for success in an ever-changing world, business leaders today must be willing to try new things and remain extremely flexible. Read what some of the world's greatest innovators had to say in this ExecuNet exclusive.

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