Why "Feedforward" Works Better Than Feedback

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
June 30, 2017

Imagine you have an employee—a high-level manager—who just delivered a presentation to the board. Unfortunately, his presentation went terribly wrong. It hit all the wrong notes, and you know it didn't make a good impression on anyone in the room.

As a leader, what do you do?

This happened to me early in my career as CEO. I took the person aside after the board meeting and went through why the presentation didn't meet the standard I expected.

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How to Use Neuroscience to Be a Better Manager

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
June 23, 2017

The day you become a manager, you transition into an entirely different career.

Now, you don’t do the work yourself—you have to influence people. Now, everything you do and say has an impact on the people you supervise. Everyone’s looking to you to set the tone and provide the direction. That can be a scary place.

Fortunately, understanding some very basic neuroscience does wonders for increasing your effectiveness at management

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The Power of Employee Forecasting

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
June 16, 2017

If the company is the bus and its leader is the driver, as Jim Collins’s famous analogy states, then it stands to reason that when the bus is moving, the driver should mostly be looking out the windshield (toward the future) rather than consulting the rear-view mirror.

Yet I still see many CEOs who attempt rear-view leadership. They collect historical business intelligence, sometimes very sophisticated, from across the organization and try to glimpse the road ahead by examining what’s already happened.

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How to Not Get Fired As CEO

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
June 9, 2017

CEOs fail at an alarming rate. Dan Ciampa has found that two out of five new CEOs fail in the first 18 months, for example. And Sequoia Capital has said that 45 percent of founding CEOs in their investments are fired in 18 months.

Why all the turnover? What's going wrong?

Of course there are many factors—market downturns, lack of self-awareness, ethics crises, plain old incompetence. But if we boil it down to essentials, I believe that the #1 reason CEOs get fired is because they have delivered unpredictable performance.

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The Top 5 Problems Khorus Solves for CEOs

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
June 2, 2017

The job title “CEO” comes with a set of high-stakes challenges. But unlike every other executive role, the CEO has no dedicated software or system for addressing the unique difficulties of the job and producing reliable results. 

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