A New Identity for Today’s CFO

Published on May 8, 2019

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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Where To Find Your Next Superstar Employee

Published on September 20, 2018

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

Published on September 19, 2018

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

Published on September 13, 2018

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

Published on September 11, 2018

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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