The Power of CEO Decisiveness

Teddy Roosevelt once said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” It’s a great quote for leaders to keep in their back pockets. Most … Read More

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5 Questions Every CEO Must Answer for Their Team

There is only one thing worse than an actively bad CEO, and that is an absent CEO. This may seem like an extreme statement, but it’s supported not only by my experience seeing companies fall apart under barely-there CEOs. It’s … Read More

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How CEOs Make Great Executive Hires

I was recently talking to an executive recruiter friend of mine who was complaining about his work: “All these CEOs want me to bring them an executive, but they don’t really know what they want from the person. They just want me to … Read More

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What CEOs Get Wrong About Growth

It recently occurred to me that most CEOs think about growth backwards. Whenever I’m talking to a CEO about growth, what they usually mean by “growth” is “more sales.” Sales is both their goal and their means of achieving that … Read More

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What to Do When You Don’t Complete Your Goal

If you don’t complete your goal at the end of a quarter in Khorus, you might wonder: What should I do with my goal now? In addition to asking yourself that question, ask yourself these questions: Is it a goal … Read More

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Motivation vs. Engagement — Is There a Difference?

Someone recently asked me if I thought there was a difference between employee “motivation” and “engagement.” In a world overrun with mushy buzzwords, we don’t ask questions like this enough. In this case, there is a big difference between a motivated employee and … Read More

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How CEOs Detect Problems EARLY with Khorus

Think your company’s got no problems? That’s a big problem. Here’s how we help you spot and handle them early. Remember the Princess and the Pea? In Hans Christian Andersen’s story, a young woman proves her royal lineage by the … Read More

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The 3 Levels of Company Goal Setting

When I bring up the concept of “goal setting” with an executive—especially if it’s the CEO—the reaction is rarely enthusiastic. The term sounds so tactical. It contrasts with the strategic orientation of most high-level leaders. To the executive’s ear, “goal … Read More

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The Confidence Trap: When Data Leads Us Astray

Knowledge is power, but information is not —David Lewis   There’s a certain type of leader I think of as the “metric maniac.” They are quite common in the age of Big Data, AI, and the Internet of Things. The … Read More

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12 Absolutely Classic Performance Review Fails

Let’s look at twelve classic flubs of performance reviews, and how you can correct them. Have you ever sat through—or given—one of these?

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