Ken Rees (Think Finance) in “The Corner Office”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here are a few insights provided during an interview of Ken Rees, president and chief executive of Think Finance, a developer of financial products. Bob's blog entries Adam Bryant Corner Office column Ken Rees SundayBusiness section The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed The New York Times Think Finance Times Books

Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

Some of today's top CEOs were history, political science, sociology, chinese and music majors in college. A career advisor once told me that those who pursue liberal arts majors and enter finance, consulting or technology are not the exceptions.

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The Path to Become a CEO [Infographic]

Women on Business

The path to reach the coveted leadership position as CEO of a Fortune 500 company is usually a long one. Unfortunately, statistics show that that far more men land the CEO title than women. What does it take to become a CEO? 77% of S&P 500 CEOs are appointed internally.

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Leveraging Down for CEOs | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Think of any top performing CEO and you’ll find that to the one, they possess an uncanny ability to focus on highest and best use activities. To this day I’m amazed at how many CEOs still own tasks, roles, projects, and responsibilities that should be delegated to others.

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Should CEOs Have Term Limits? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Posted on July 7th, 2010 by admin in Leadership , Operations & Strategy , Rants By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth I have read some interesting articles and blog posts of late on the subject of CEO term limits, and felt this topic worthy of discussion.

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Entrepreneur, CEO or Both? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Posted on January 21st, 2011 by admin in Leadership , Miscellaneous , Operations & Strategy By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth Entrepreneur, CEO or Both? CEO…that title sounds good doesn’t it? What does a CEO really do anyway? In today’s post I’ll assess what it takes to be an effective CEO and you can decide for yourself if you have what it takes to get the job done.

Could Your Next CEO Come from Any Department?

Modern Servant Leader

Do you value operations, maintenance, customer service , engineering, information technology , sales , finance, marketing , accounting – all departments, equally? In Good to Great, Jim Collins explains the best CEOs are not external hires, but brought up through internal development. So the next time you think about your future CEO, ask yourself, could this person come from any division? Question: Could your next CEO come from any department?

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Why HR and the CEO should be joined at the Hip | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife. Why HR and the CEO should be joined at the Hip. The advice proved excellent, and for the rest of my days in the corner office I was joined at the hip with an outstanding finance executive who is now the CFO of Lindt & Sprüngli , the world’s leading chocolatier.

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When good investment decisions end up backing more women CEOs: Conversation with Cameron Lester at Azure Capital.

Weekly Leader

One of its no less exceptional achievements is the number of women CEOs they back in the 23 companies in their active portfolio: five, i.e., over twenty percent! Of course, the strength of the CEO does matter, but if that CEO isn’t a male from Stanford, that’s OK.

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CEOs: Don't Sabotage Your Successors

Marshall Goldsmith

A CEO asked me to coach his potential successor, the CFO. It didn't take long before I just felt that the CEO just didn't like the CFO. the CEO told me. I don't care if he becomes the CEO or not. If your coaching process can really help him improve his interpersonal skills, he deserves to be the CEO of the company." That's right: It was the CEO. Still, the CEO did not recommend him for the big job. The CEO finally.

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Turnarounds and the Big Play | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife. I was Nabob’s VP of Marketing, a 32 year-old disciple of an excellent turnaround CEO – a fellow by the name of Hugo Powell who eventually moved on to Interbrew (now Anheuser-Busch InBev ) as CEO. © 2011 In the CEO Afterlife.

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It’s Not a Fair Fight If You’re the CEO

Marshall Goldsmith

John Hay Whitney started the first venture capital firm, financed Gone With the Wind and Minute Maid orange juice, served as Eisenhower’s ambassador to Great Britain, and was one of America’s wealthiest men at midcentury. Perhaps the most outrageous story about a leader’s unappreciated power comes from the CEO of a telephone company. ” “Oh, this is for the CEO. As the leader, you mere suggestions may mean more than you think. Watch your words!

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Angel Capital vs. Venture Capital - CEO Blog - Time Leadership

CEO Blog

CEO Blog - Time Leadership Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Angel Capital vs. Venture Capital Angels and VCs are often very synergistic. VC can often: 1 - Provide more money and more follow on rounds of financing. I call it CEO Blog - Time Leadership because of my keen interest in time. I am CEO between positions. The line between venture capital and angel capital can be blurry.

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EBay CEO Meg Whitman to Retire :: Women on Business

Women on Business

Meg Whitman, 51, has been quoted saying a CEO should never stay with the same company for more than 10 years, because by that time the company needs a fresh outlook.

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“Goodbye Mr. Jones”: The End of the Dow as an American Index

Mills Scofield

This is taken from The Intercollegiate Finance Journal (IFJ) is an undergraduate student-run journal about how current finance, economics, business and technology issues affect students'' lives. Pfizer’s CEO, for example, is British.

Avon CEO Andrea Jung Takes Seat on Apple's Board :: Women on Business

Women on Business

NASDAQ: APPL ) has named Andrea Jung , CEO of Avon  (NYSE: AVP ), as the eigth member of its board of directors. Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, stated that Jung will bring a “new dimension&# to the company’s board.Â

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Financial Fluency and A Leadership Opportunity

Great Leadership By Dan

Take this model and give it to everyone in the company from the dockworker to the CEO. finance leadership Alan E. Shelton finance and accounting for leaders financeGuest post by Alan E.

Chief Daddy Officer – Lessons on Parenting from a Wise CEO

Your Voice of Encouragement

Teach him about money management so he knows how to handle his finances and stay out of debt. I used to read a lot of parenting books when my daughter Alison was growing up, especially during those challenging pre-teen and teen years.

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When It Pays to Think Like a Finance Manager

Harvard Business Review

If you want approval for a new project — purchasing new equipment or computer systems, applying for a patent, building a new store — chances are you need your company’s finance department on board. To get the green light, it helps to understand how finance people think.

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Three Ways to Make Strategic Alliances Work

First Friday Book Synopsis

Strategic Alliances: Three Ways to Make Them Work (Memo to the CEO) Steve Steinhilber Harvard Business Press (2008) This is one of the titles in the “Memo to the CEO&# series published by Harvard Business Press, each less than 200 pages in length and superbly produced.


Coaching Tip

At a time when fraud, sexual harassment, and other forms of workplace misconduct are making daily headlines, ethics has become as indispensable a tool for the modern workplace as technology or finance. Books Business Coaching Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Communication Ethics Leadership Memes Self-Awareness Skills Success Tips What is Work life

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How Banks Should Finance the Social Sector

Harvard Business Review

If financing is offered by a bank, the terms are often too onerous. As a result, charities and social enterprises do not have the cushion of external financing to manage their various capital requirements. Innovation in social finance should be an integral part of that story.

Finance Can Be a Noble Profession (Yes, Really)

Harvard Business Review

When I ask students graduating from Harvard Business School what they’re doing next, I often get some version of “I’m going into finance but…” Then they quickly explain that finance is just a way station on the route to nobler goals. Recently, I asked a few students how people react to their choice to go into finance, and I was greeted with nervous laughter. The usual reactions to misbehavior in finance are outrage or regulation.


Coaching Tip

At a time when fraud, sexual harassment, and other forms of workplace misconduct are making daily headlines, ethics has become as indispensable a tool for the modern workplace as technology or finance. Books Business Coaching Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Communication Ethics Leadership Memes Self-Awareness Skills Success Tips What is Work life

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High Frequency Trading and Finance’s Race to Irrelevance

Harvard Business Review

They represent the logical extension of a topic that’s captured the attention of a lot of great business minds for some time: the ongoing battle between those who view companies through the lens of building something, and those that view it through the lens of finance. Now, there are some rockstar CEOs — who oftentimes happen to be founders, such as Bezos, Steve Jobs, Reid Hastings — who have the ability to resist the pressure that the markets put on them. Economy Finance

Capital vs. Influence

N2Growth Blog

Savvy CEOs simply aren’t in a rush to close the deal and secure the funding if it means sacrificing knowledge, experience and influence. Financing - M&A Capital vs. Influence Mike Myatt N2growth Private Equity venture capitalBy Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth .

Hewlett-Packard and the Art of Finance

Harvard Business Review

More often it's a problem related to what we call the Art of Finance. The idea of finance as an art sometimes puzzles people. Former Sunbeam CEO "Chainsaw" Al Dunlap was even said to view his finance department as a profit center. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article , then-CEO Leo Apotheker was the deal's chief advocate, and lobbied the board hard to approve it. Finance

The Problem with the Profit Motive in Finance

Harvard Business Review

It was an event packed with prominent people who work (or worked) in finance, but seem to come from a different, more genteel world than the bulk of modern Wall Street: Bogle, Swensen, former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, former TIAA-CREF CEO John Biggs. You can make a lot of money in finance doing things that are bound blow up in someone's face a few years down the road. Compensation Ethics Finance

The 2 Most Undervalued Factors in Social Marketing

In the CEO Afterlife

By any comparison, my brands were under-financed. Branding Leadership Marketing Strategy Brand Positioning Business Creativity In the CEO Afterlife John Richard Bell Social Marketing Social MediaWhen I was in brand management, social media did not exist.

A Quiet Revolution in Clean-Energy Finance

Harvard Business Review

Solyndra's example has been particularly stark: it raised over $1 billion in equity finance in addition to receiving a $535 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy, all prior to a cancelled IPO and the recent FBI investigation upon its bankruptcy. While customers may be hesitant to purchase equipment from a nascent startup, GE CEO Jeff Immelt has quipped, "No utility CEO will ever get fired for working with GE."

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Why HR and the CEO Should Be Joined at the Hip


The advice proved excellent, and for the rest of my days in the corner office I was joined at the hip with an outstanding finance executive who is now the CFO of Lindt & Sprüngli , the world’s leading chocolatier. Ultimately, it is the CEO who determines the corporate culture, whether good or bad. Today, with declining loyalty and greater job hopping, it is critical that CEOs partner with HR. An adept HR executive is the CEO’s window.

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The Power of an Enemy

In the CEO Afterlife

The companies that employed me were generally the underdogs in battles against bigger, better-financed organizations. Leadership Life Marketing Strategy Advertising Apple BlackBerry Branding Business Culture Google In the CEO Afterlife Innovation John Richard Bell Research in Motion RIM

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Vision and Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

A CEO’s ability to perform effectively is so closely tied to their ability to form a clearly articulated vision, evangelize the vision and then to execute on their vision, that no real discussion on executive leadership should take place without an emphasis on vision.

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Nabob and the Coffee Kerfuffle: How the 120-year-old brand managed to maintain its challenger status.

In the CEO Afterlife

At one point, it was “kind of like the Kraft Foods of Western Canada,” says former Nabob CEO John Bell. It made sense, because we looked at the competition as our well-financed enemy, and so there was no way we could win at the spending war,” says Bell. “So

Why Businesses Fail | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As much as you may wish it wasn’t so, as a CEO you’re really only as good as your last decision. Nothing will test your metal as CEO more than your ability to make decisions. Moreover as a CEO you must learn to make the best decision possible even if you possess an incomplete data set.

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Leadership Interview – Michael Hyatt | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the largest Christian publishing company in the world, and the seventh largest trade book publishing company in the U.S., Mike Myatt : How has social media impacted you as a CEO?

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How to Create a Priorities Map

Modern Servant Leader

For example, the CEO may have very different priorities than the VP of Human Resources. For example, Accounting, Finance and Information Technology teams. Resources CEO Conflict Executive Committee HR Priority Map Resolution Servant Leadership

Are CEOs Overhyped and Overpaid?

Harvard Business Review

How much do CEOs actually matter? Although such sentiments may not apply to most CEOs, even the anonymous CEO still benefits from the impulse: Most CEOs worldwide earn between 50 and 100 times more than the average worker. The CEO-to-worker pay ratio in America is even bigger, at 350:1. It is therefore reasonable to ask whether CEOs are actually worth it. To answer this question, I considered several scientific studies of CEO impact.

Why Are Some Sectors (Ahem, Finance) So Scandal-Plagued?

Harvard Business Review

Although books can be written about these multi-company scandals, there is one fundamental lesson for CEOs and boards of directors which requires heightened attention: follow the money.

Attitude Reflects Leadership

N2Growth Blog

Show me a CEO with a bad attitude and I’ll show you a poor leader. As a CEO, how can you expect to inspire, motivate, engender confidence, and to lead with a lousy attitude? CEOs with bad attitudes will not only fail to engage their workforce, but they will quickly find themselves shown the door as their attitude’s impact on performance becomes visible to the board. Why then do so many CEOs appear to have a bad attitude?

Corner Office Shakeups

Coaching Tip

After three years of declining turnover among CEOs, churn at the top is back. As the economy improves, the rate of corner-office shakeups has picked up as more boards replace veteran CEOs with younger leaders with very different résumés. Many new CEOs have international experience and a track record in marketing or sales rather than finance or manufacturing, the specialties of CEOs two or three decades ago. CEO turnover declined from 12.7

Vision vs. Mission | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

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Questions and Team Building | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

And I can assure you that any CEO who views him/herself as an army of one will fail. Whether you like it or not, your success as a CEO will be largely tied to your team building ability.