Published on: Tuesday, November 05, 2013
What advice would you give an incoming CEO?
It's astounding how one simple question can be the catalyst for some highly informed and very relevant dialogue about one of the most critical challenges any organization will face — that is, how to effectively prepare a new CEO for the role he is about to assume.
No matter the experience they bring, many of us have learned that what worked in one environment, industry or company may indeed prove a disaster in another. What seems far more important are those intangibles that speak far beyond a new CEO's credentials, namely their character, how they make decisions, where and with whom they spend their time, and how they manage, communicate and inspire.
Published on: Wednesday, December 01, 2010
A young family member, three weeks into his first job after graduating college, came home exasperated that he wasn't fitting into his new position. His boss hadn't established a formal training program; the culture wasn't conducive to his learning style; and his colleagues were products of this disorganized environment and, therefore, not helpful.
His lack of career experience led him to a common mistake that even well-seasoned professionals often make: accepting a job without also interviewing the company. His eagerness to work took precedence, and he neglected to conduct research that would enable him to assess leadership, management style, culture and the workplace.
Published on: Thursday, July 22, 2010
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:
Published on: Monday, June 07, 2010
So, in the end, LOST turned out to be a helluva long job interview. For those who didn't spend the last six years alternately fascinated and frustrated by the series, I'll translate it into corporate language: