The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love

Oct 3, 2017 4:47:19 PM / by Steve Jacobs posted in Leadership

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Do you remember that line, from a 1978 public service announcement encouraging viewers to join the Peace Corps? (Hint – “It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love”)  Well, it seems like it might also readily apply to the CEO job. Our survey of executives found that being CEO was much tougher than our executives ever imagined, but also much more rewarding.

First, the tough part. The CEO job is demanding in every sense of the word, requiring physical, mental, and emotional stamina. “I had no idea how physically demanding the job would be,” one CEO told us. “For this job, I need to be energetic, focused, and disciplined.”

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Memo to New CEOs: Pick A Winning Senior Team

Oct 3, 2017 4:47:15 PM / by Steve Jacobs posted in Leadership

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As a new CEO, you can’t do it all alone. While you might have the authority to make the company’s strategic decisions, you will never have all the information you need to make them nor the time required to implement them. That’s why one of your first jobs should be to select your senior team—and to do it well. As one participant in our CEO study observed, “You can never have too good of a team. Upgrading the talent makes a magnitude of change in the organization. You probably never have a team as good as you think you have, and you can always improve your team.”

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Self-Talk – It’s Not Just for Athletes Anymore

Oct 3, 2017 4:47:10 PM / by Amy Durgin, Ph.D. posted in Leadership

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By: Amy Durgin, Ph.D., Associate Consultant; Marcia Dolby, Sr. Principal; Carolina Aguilera, Ph.D., Principal

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The Five Things Leaders Can Do to Minimize Late Scope

Oct 3, 2017 4:47:07 PM / by Brian Cole posted in Leadership, Turnaround/Shutdown

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By: Charles Carnes, Senior Partner; Brian Cole, Principal; Krystyna Riley, Senior Consultant

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Are You Managing Your Contractors for Optimal Performance?

Oct 3, 2017 4:47:04 PM / by Krystyna Riley posted in Operational Excellence, Turnaround/Shutdown

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By: Charles Carnes, Senior Partner; Brian Cole, Principal; Krystyna Riley, Senior Consultant

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Leading A Multigenerational Workforce

Oct 3, 2017 4:46:58 PM / by CLG posted in Leadership, Multigenerational Workforce

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Nationally known voice on generational differences in the workplace Kim Huggins, was recently interviewed by Generis (an organizer of business summits including the American Manufacturing Summit) on the topic of Leading A Multi Generational Workforce in Manufacturing.

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Are You Getting the Most from Your “Turnaround Team” Meetings?

Oct 3, 2017 4:46:55 PM / by Krystyna Riley posted in Turnaround/Shutdown

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By: Charles Carnes, Senior Partner; Brian Cole, Principal; Krystyna Riley, Principal

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Improving Turnaround Shutdown, Cleanup, Startup Performance

Oct 3, 2017 4:46:43 PM / by Brian Cole posted in Turnaround/Shutdown

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Most turnaround work occurs during the execution phase—but key activities performed during the shutdown, cleanup, and startup phases (SCS) can make or break a turnaround’s success.

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“Behavior” Change: Trendy Buzzword or Scientific Solution?

Oct 3, 2017 4:46:35 PM / by Amy Durgin, Ph.D. posted in Behavior

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We’re all too familiar with the shift in buzzwords and industry jargon over time. Words such as “customer-centric” “big data,” and “innovative” are sure to grab our attention today, whereas “paradigm shift,” “synergy,” and “bandwidth” were hot terms in the past.

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What’s Next?

Oct 3, 2017 4:46:32 PM / by Steve Jacobs posted in Leadership

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The business leader seeking practical advice and wisdom has many options these days. Too many, in fact. Blogs, articles, and postings abound—a tidal wave of ideas coming at you each and every day, more than you could possibly read. Yet much of this material is what we might call “management knowledge light”; much of it is opinion and hearsay. Often it’s trendy. Sometimes it’s simply wrong. Where can you go when you’re looking for truly helpful advice grounded in decades of science as well as original research? Where do you go when you want substantive advice that really works?

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