The Critical Mindset Of The Board Member

How you can add consistent value by using critical thinking

Speech is the primary mode of communication in the boardroom. It is extremely important for board members to be able to articulate their thoughts and opinions in a thoughtful and articulate manner. So, would it surprise you if I said that a big component of boardroom communication is knowing when to be silent?

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Presentations Matter For CEO Candidates

Make the right impression by doing your research and embodying your vision.

Here’s the good news: The message embodied in you will be expressed whatever the modality or context—written format, verbal conversation, presentation or interview. You can speak coherently to what you deeply understand and have experienced. For instance, if you were asked questions about your expertise and career history, you’d likely be able to answer to a satisfying degree what jobs you’ve had, what actions you took, and what impacts you had on members, colleagues and staff.

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A New Identity for Today’s CFO

CFOs add significant value to strategic thinking and problem-solving in the organization.

Today’s chief financial officer (CFO) is vastly different from her counterpart 25 years ago.

Whereas the latter CFO would have spent her days solely on financial statements and the bottom line, today’s CFO also has a more strategic focus.

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Developing Talent Must Be A Strategic Priority

Though the executive team sets the course, mid-level leaders must be prepared for strategic execution.

Adapted from the white paper “The Missing Link in Strategic Execution: Developing Mid-Level Leaders,” from DDJ Myers. This white paper includes a description of the eight characteristics of strategically oriented mid-level leaders. 

The environment in which credit unions compete for members’ business has become increasingly crowded and complex, with threats posed by emerging rivals, new business models and the added burden of ever-increasing regulation. Maintaining a shared focus on strategic execution has never been more daunting or more essential.

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Where To Find Your Next Superstar Employee

Every chief executive officer (CEO) wants superstars in his or her company. Superstars are high performers, innovative, creative, and they deliver outstanding results. Superstars are highly sought-after performers who make their managers look great.

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Leadership Matters: Orienting Mid-Level Leaders To Strategy

What would happen if they knew how to connect every project to the organization’s overall purpose? Being promoted is often thought of as an opportunity to work exclusively from the proverbial 30,000-foot view. Yet, as many executives know, a new title doesn’t make you a strategist.

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Why Your Title Does Not Define You As A Leader

It is Saturday morning and career coaching time. One of my favorite questions to ask a client is, “What’s next for you?” A multitude of responses include, “I have more potential to leverage,” “not sure—I am exploring,” “my career has been great, but I am not sure what is next—I feel a bit uncertain,” or “my career has progressed every three to five years, and it is time for me to be CEO (COO, SVP, or VP).”

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How (Personal) Accountability Drives Empowerment

Holding oneself accountable is more than a slogan or bumper sticker. A fundamental tenet extraordinary leaders embrace is that the degree to which they hold themselves accountable dictates the extent of their empowerment and ability to effect positive change. When this perspective is primary, it forwards actions and builds trust. When it’s absent, it not only feeds a blame game but narrows executives’ perspectives about how to make an impact.

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