Crisis Put CEO Successions on Hold in 2020. Expect a Rebound in 2021.

Viewed in Spencer Stuart As the Covid-19 pandemic enters its second year, one thing is abundantly clear: Not much is moving quickly, and much has slowed down. The traditional office environment has been disrupted, and so have the traditional business processes, including succession for corporate chief executives. CEO transitions fell in 2020 In this report… More

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9 Reasons Good Sales People Fail

Viewed in SaaStr “Strong salespeople fail all the time in new roles,” business to business community SaaStr reports in this article. That is a fairly documentable fact. Less known is the bigger question: Why do they fail? Fit between industries, sizes and methodologies The answer is that there is great sensitivity of fit between industries,… More

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Is Your C-Suite Equipped to Lead a Digital Transformation?

Viewed in Harvard Business Review It is undeniably true that the world’s major economies have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has cost many millions of jobs globally and slowed growth. But that fact is not universally true. Some industries have actually blossomed from it, and technology is certainly one of those. Two… More

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18 Resume Writing Tips to Help You Stand Out

Viewed in The Wall Street Journal What attributes ultimately characterize the best resume? It’s a question that might answer itself: It’s the one that secures the applicant the interview and a job offer. An endless discussion The resume question has been one in constant discussion over the decades—and the answers have and continue to evolve…. More

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Good Leadership is an Act of Kindness

Viewed in Harvard Business Review What attributes define the successful executive and manager? Hard skills, compassion and kindness It seems like we move through evolutionary periods in business management that emphasize hard skills and metric-driven performance only to later discover that we’ve emphasized them at the expense of soft skills and need to be reminded… More

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5 Ways to Ask Your Boss for More Flexibility at Work

Viewed in Fast Company The pandemic has proven immensely tumultuous to the traditional work environment, leading that environment to often be anything but traditional as we begin 2021. The biggest change is the vast emergence of work from home trends and the associated challenges of keeping businesses moving with employees decentralized and facing the new… More

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How emotionally intelligent people act when provoked

Viewed in Inc. Human interaction is an essential part of work life. But let’s face it: Not all colleagues make it easy. Nemesis Fairly commonly, people have one or more individuals in their professional orbit who are particularly difficult. Sometimes they may even be a nemesis. Emotion management This is where “emotional intelligence” comes in,… More

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Do you have E-charisma on Zoom? Here’s how to get it

Viewed in The Wall Street Journal Among the soft skills associated with most successful professionals and executives is charisma, the form of charm that often can inspire loyalty in peers and colleagues. It is a key leadership trait. In the traditional office and boardroom environments, its characteristics have largely remained unchanged over the years. Charisma… More

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New Marketing for the New Normal

Viewed in Egon Zehnder It’s increasingly recognized that much of global business may be altered in permanent ways by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Marketing will likely be no exception. Executive search firm EgonZehnder interviewed 65 executives from 61 countries around the world, asking the following question: “How will the marketing function look different post Covid-19?”… More

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The Evolving State of Digital Transformation

Viewed in BCG The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing companies’ urgency with digital transformation, management consulting firm BCG contends in this research report. 80% of companies accelerate their digital transformation In a survey of 825 board members, CEOs, chief experience officers, and other executives across eight industries, BCG found that 80 percent of their respondents intend… More

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7 Key Actions for the Data-Driven Chief Risk Officer

Viewed in Russell Reynolds Associates Management consulting firm Russell Reynolds Associates has communicated with senior leaders in risk and data and come away with seven actions for chief risk officers, which they detail in this report. Digitally fluent Perhaps most important in this current era of data, they conclude, is that chief risk officers “need… More

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Warren Buffet says 4 choices in life separate the doers from the dreamers

Viewed in Inc. Global business and finance icons have many extraordinary attributes, but it’s rare to find many whose public comments and words resonate throughout the world and sometimes end up leading to vast rethinking of established business norms and practices. But Warren Buffet, the legendary chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway, the U.S.-based multinational… More

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What 800 executives envision for the postpandemic workforce

Viewed in McKinsey When the pandemic first emerged earlier this year, businesses largely prepared for what was thought to be, at first, a multi-week disruption. That quickly became a multi-month disruption. And then finally as summer arrived, it was clear that predictions that rising temperatures would bring it to an end were inaccurate. The precise… More

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Jeff Bezos just published a 4,000-word statement to Congress. It’s a master class in emotional intelligence

Viewed in Inc. This past July, four of big technology’s chief executives—Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s  Mark Zuckerberg, and Google’s Sundar Pinchai—were summoned to appear before the U.S. Congress. Each also submitted written statements. But at 4.540 words, Bezos’ written statement was both the longest and most remarkable. Inc. contributing writer Justin Bariso… More

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