5 Strategies To Go From CXO/CEO/ COO/CFO to Successful Entrepreneur

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Posted in Career Development Change Management Self Leadership Value Creation Are you a corporate refugee or executive in transition who thought the grass was greener on the entrepreneurial side of the fence, only to find out it wasn’t as easy as you expected?

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3 Critical Skills of Effective Leaders.

Rich Gee Group

Blog Business Coaching C-Level Career Coaching Tip CEO CFO Coaching Communication Delegation Information Management Motivation Obstacles Performance VP Great leaders translate vision into decisive action — a skill that’s especially vital in tough times. But what are those skills?

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My Great Failure, Part 3: Needing Where I Should be Leading

Modern Servant Leader

The already overburdened technology team had no bandwidth and the CFO would not accept changing priorities of other efforts. Ultimately, I was called into the CFO’s office and asked for my resignation. I should have resigned the moment the CFO insisted on the project.

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Career Growth: 4 Signs That Your Company Will Give You a Fair Shot

Women on Business

Ask any career-oriented woman about her top work-related concerns, and she will likely rank having access to high-quality jobs at desirable companies and having equitable opportunities to advance within those organizations at the top of the list. Career Development Guest Posts

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The CIO Paradox: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries Accountability versus Ownership “Be yourself [period] Everyone else is taken” Bibliomotion CIO Career Path Corporate Board Cost versus Innovation David C. Ross Jeremy Hope Martha Heller Operations versus Strategy Oscar Wilde Peter Weill recruiting Reinventing the CFO: How Financial Managers Can Transform Their Roles and Add Greater Value Successor The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership

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Developing The CEO Within You.

Rich Gee Group

For some positions (CFO, CIO), all their hard work to make it to the table is now useless when they need to use skills other than IQ: Communication – Communicate clearly and concisely. You’re moving on up.

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Hey CEO, Are You Killing Yourself At Work?

Rich Gee Group

you’re the CEO (or the President, CFO, CMO, CIO, you get the idea). You work hard. You come in early, stay late, and work over the weekends. Of course. You constantly think about work, even in your sleep.

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The Seven Signs of Great Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Fortunately, in my career, I was provided with examples of what this meant, not just from Matt, but from working with a number of strong leaders. As Craig’s CFO and CAO, I always appreciated this leadership style.

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What to Do If Your Career Is Stalled and You Don’t Know Why

Harvard Business Review

“Executive presence” was mentioned in several reviews as an improvement area, but without any specifics, Tom had no idea what the real issue was and how damaging it could be to his career. Having assessed over 2,000 CEOs and over 18,000 C-suite leaders since 1995, we are struck by how often careers of talented executives stall or even derail because of seemingly trivial issues, many of which are utterly fixable. June Buck/Getty Images.

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What to Do When People Don’t Support Your Next Career Move

Harvard Business Review

Most new businesses do fail, and many women who take time off work to raise children have a hard time returning to the career track. When it comes to your career, the decisions — and the regrets — are ultimately yours.

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Keeping Your Options Open Could Be Hurting Your Career

Harvard Business Review

After studying Hollywood actors for three years, MIT Professor Ezra Zuckerman found that actors who typecast themselves (PDF) early in their careers tend to earn more money, have longer lifespans, and enjoy more fame compared to generalist actors. Moreover, young actors who specialize are able to land their first role quicker and receive more job offers over the course of their careers. Over the long term, that is a career strategy with diminishing returns.

Getting Past a Career Setback: An Example and a Test

Harvard Business Review

Managers often think about their careers in terms of winning and losing. But what about those whose careers are sidetracked or derailed when passed over for a key assignment or big promotion? Are these “losers” out of the running for career advancement, or can they regain their footing, refocus their sights, and continue to rise? Very few managerial careers proceed upward in a straight line. The lesson here is that careers aren’t just about “winning.”

What Events Shaped You as a Leader?

Great Leadership By Dan

During our conversation he shared an event he had early on in his career that intrigued me. He was clearly a high potential early on and was tapped by his CFO to create and lead the new internal audit group for a public company. Start the process by thinking back before your career.

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The Unexpected Realities of Being an Entrepreneur

Lead Change Blog

You cannot dare do the same thing as an entrepreneur when you are still the HR manager, marketing guru, office manager, janitor, tech guy, sales staff, CFO and CEO. That type of fulfillment is difficult to duplicate in any other career path.

4 Keys For Bringing Out The Best From Introverts

Tanveer Naseer

Professional roles of introverts vs. extroverts Introverts and extroverts tend to migrate to career fields that play to their dispositions, says Moore. The following is a guest piece by Kate Rodriguez.

The 2 Leadership Traits That Will Set You Apart (and Sustain You For The Long Haul)

Terry Starbucker

Those couple of things were the leadership traits that fueled and sustained me throughout my career, through the good times and the not-so-good times.

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Morning Advantage: My Kingdom for a Developer

Harvard Business Review

In addition to pulling out all the traditional retention stops — competitive salary, recognition, effective career coaching — the McKinsey team found several other approaches that have proven effective in keeping techies in the fold. Facebook Flop Won't Scare Off Growth-Company Listings (CFO). Everyone in the room who is fully satisfied with their IT staff and has no concerns about finding and recruiting new technology talent raise your hand.

Even “bad” cultures get some things right

Surviving Leadership

At this meeting, employees heard from the CEO, CHRO, General Counsel, COO, CFO, CMO, and any business leaders spearheading a major initiative. I cut my teeth on corporate America there and have carried those lesson with me throughout my career.

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Craft a Remarkable Personal Brand Statement! 29 Steps & Examples

Miles Anthony Smith

Matt Sweetwood, branding expert, defines personal branding as: " Personal branding is the practice of people marketing themselves and their careers as brands -- the ongoing process of establishing a prescribed image or impression in the mind of others about an individual."

November 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog submitted 5-Step Plan to Developing Your Personal Brand. Then it’s no surprise that you’re not moving up in your career. Implement this 5-step plan for career advancement.”

How Should Leaders Address Challenge Of Low Performers?

Tanveer Naseer

These workers leave for a variety of reasons, including limited career growth and pay. Terri Williams is a freelance writer who covers leadership topics for The Economist Careers Network. The following is a guest piece by Terri Williams.

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May 2017 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Everyone knows the roles and responsibilities for a CEO, CFO and CTO but change the wording and a different picture emerges. Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog submitted Six Team-Building Phrases Used by Great Leaders.

How To Better Support Introverts In Today’s Workplaces

Tanveer Naseer

Professional roles of introverts vs. extroverts Introverts and extroverts tend to migrate to career fields that play to their dispositions, says Moore. The following is a guest contribution from Kate Rodriguez on behalf of The Economist Executive Education Navigator.

November 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

CFO Jon Verbeck gives us a major pointer for increasing our profits, and helps leaders understand these important elements of running a department or business. Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog submitted 6 Tips for New Managers. And while this is a great career opportunity, there are a number of ways you can misfire in this role. Welcome to the November Leadership Development Carnival.

5 Steps Women Can Take to Get on Corporate Boards

Women on Business

” Henna suggests that even getting a seat on the board of a smaller company or startup can be helpful in landing a seat on a larger company’s board later in your career.

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January 2017 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Art summarizes, “For all of us, the need to help our firms navigate change while doing the same in our careers defines our level-up challenge.” Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog submitted The 16 Ways to Improve Your Work Performance in 2017.

holiday challenge: keeping your head in the game

Women on Business

Staying on-task during the holiday season is a challenge across the professional universe and no one is immune, whether you’re a CEO, CFO or president, account exec, receptionist or intern, work at home or commute.

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Let’s Stop Pushing “Development” as a Cheap Replacement for Training

Great Leadership By Dan

A new CFO came on board and decided that training was a luxury that could no longer be afforded. There are key points in a leader’s career – first time promotion – a significant new responsibility – getting ready to move into a senior executive role – major shifts in strategic direction - and others where a good old fashioned dose of training (yes, even classroom, where you can learn and network with others) will accelerate that learning curve.

My Best Blogs of 2011

In the CEO Afterlife

For as long as I can remember, the person bonded to the CEO’s hip was the CFO. To most of us, mentors are people of experience and knowledge who help the less experienced advance their careers and/or their education. I began blogging about leadership, strategy, marketing and life last February. Frankly, I wasn’t sure whether I could maintain the pace of one blog per week. But as the year closes, I realize that I’ve posted 54 blogs.

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November 2016 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog submitted 5-Step Plan to Developing Your Personal Brand. Then it’s no surprise that you’re not moving up in your career. Implement this 5-step plan for career advancement.”

Developing The CEO Within You.

Rich Gee Group

For some positions (CFO, CIO), all their hard work to make it to the table is now useless when they need to use skills other than IQ: Communication – Communicate clearly and concisely.

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What Story Does Your Org Chat Tell?


Notice in the example I’ve provided below (which is organized by function) how the CEO has the COO promotion ready, and the COO has two possible candidates (both the CFO and the VP of Operations) and has chosen the VP of Operations. By: Gary Cohen.

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7 Ways to Measure the Impact of Leadership Development

Great Leadership By Dan

External perception can be measured by awards, such as CEO Magazine “Best Companies for Leaders” and hundreds of individual leadership awards (CEO of the Year, CIO of the year, CFO of the Year, etc…).

Who's wagon is your star hitched to?

Roundtable Talk

Posted on March 12, 2010 by LeaderTalker | Leave a comment There are lots of ways you can unwittingly derail your career. The CFO, who is the named successor for the Prez, is Ricardo’s #1 detractor. RoundtableTalk Where ambitious leaders meet. Skip to content Home Welcome!

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Professional Presence Makes the Difference!

Strategy Driven

Trust is ultimately inspired, critical business relationships blossom, careers advance. By demonstrating respect toward others, professionals at all levels automatically earn respect, lead more effectively, motivate others to get the job done and advance in their careers.

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Leadership and Product Management

Lead on Purpose

Smart product managers know the value of having allies in the CFO’s office. Product managers who can work successfully with these (and other) groups in their companies will release great products and have success throughout their careers.

Join the New Movement For A Better Life

The Idolbuster

And more and more, those of us in middle or the end of our careers want a better life too. In 2007, it would have been unthinkable that Erin Callan, then CFO of Lehman Brothers, would one day write about the regret she feels for putting the company first. I now believe that I could have made it to a similar place [CFO] with at least some better version of a personal life. Chapter 10: The People-First Life Part 16 (Conclusion). Busting Your Corporate Idol (Conclusion).

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Ideas Plus Influence

Terry Starbucker

Here is Denise’s post from her perspective as one who has led change from within organizations like Sony during her corporate career and from the outside as a consulting partner, a role she has played for the past 6 years. Home About Me About This Blog Starbucker’s Amazon Store TerryStarbucker.com Ramblings From a Glass Half Full Ideas Plus Influence by Starbucker on December 2, 2010 (This is Part 1 in a two-part blog series which I’ve worked on with a colleague, Denise Lee Yohn.

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The Disconnected Leader | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

If your CFO handles all communications with your banking relationships, and your Chief Investment Officer handles all of your investor relations, you’re flat out missing the boat.

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You Can't Argue With Crazy | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

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How to Get on the Shortlist for the C-Suite

Harvard Business Review

The career question I hear most often from rising senior leaders is this: “How do I get on the C-suite shortlist?” With transparency in succession planning becoming a priority, career management for senior executives becomes easier. One CFO I know managed finance for a spin-off firm when it went public and then returned to the parent company in a corporate position. It’s better for you to size up this element early and engage in career planning accordingly.

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Why Everyone's Working So Hard

Marshall Goldsmith

Recently, in a conversation with the CFO of a blue chip company, I observed an example of the impact of this increased compensation. The CFO replied, "You are getting paid as much a partner in one of the top professional services firms. If you wore a white shirt, showed up, and met minimal expectations, you had a job for your entire career. In the early 1980s I had the opportunity to work as a consultant in several of America's largest organizations.