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

In the CEO Afterlife

Leadership. by John • September 6, 2011 • Human Resources , Leadership • 1 Comment. The day the Jacobs Suchard (now part of Kraft Foods ) Board of Directors promoted me to the C-Suite, they strongly suggested I align myself with the CFO. Marketing is important.

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The Seven Signs of Great Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

From this leadership, we developed a culture of fact-based decision making. As Craig’s CFO and CAO, I always appreciated this leadership style. Build great teams In the early dark days as CFO of Footlocker, we had a struggling company that was deeply in debt.

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Robert Sher: Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Rob Sher is founding principal of CEO to CEO, a consulting firm of former chief executives that improves the leadership infrastructure of midsized companies seeking to accelerate their performance. He has published extensively on the successful leadership traits of CEOs of mid-market companies.

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Robert Sher: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Rob Sher is founding principal of CEO to CEO, a consulting firm of former chief executives that improves the leadership infrastructure of midsized companies seeking to accelerate their performance. He has published extensively on the successful leadership traits of CEOs of mid-market companies.

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Deep Motivations, Not Competencies, Drive Leadership Performance

The Empowered Buisness

Your underlying (and often unconscious) attitudes and motivations determine what you pay attention to and focus on in your leadership role. Before delving into 7 key leadership motivation patterns, let’s first look at 3 often-missed truths about performance. What if….

Morning Advantage: Take My CFO, Please

Harvard Business Review

In fact, note Strategy+Business editors in this research brief, "employees’ motivation and retention are more influenced by supportive executives in senior leadership positions than by a similar-minded immediate boss, confirming the trickle-down effects of visionary and compassionate leaders and the immense value of CEOs who have star power."

Leadership and Product Management

Lead on Purpose

Product management — at every level — is a leadership role within the organization. Product managers need to provide direction for how a product should be built, and through your understanding of the market, give them assurance they are building the right product.

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. Leadership Development Entrepreneurship goals LeadershipHow interesting is it to start your own business?

Avoid These Common B2B Content Marketing Mistakes

Harvard Business Review

It’s no wonder, then, that more than 90% of B2B sellers have turned to content marketing to help regain access to buyers in the early stages of the purchase process. Leah Quesada, VP of marketing at Xerox, and her team tell the story in this video.). Sales & Marketing Article

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The Secret Button for Getting Your Ideas Approved

Strategy Driven

Below I’ve listed a few stakeholders and corresponding Core Ideas to pitch to them regarding the European market entry: VP of Sales: “We should enter the Italian and German markets because we can generate $XMM in sales.”. The CFO will care about profits.

These Are the People You Need on Your Startup Team

Chart Your Course

Business leadership researchers tell us that the best traits for your CFO are emotional stability and global ethics. In the days after the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), a chief executive cannot hide behind the acts of the CFO.

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Female Leadership on the Decline in Canada :: Women on Business

Women on Business

CEO, CMO, COO, CIO, CFO, etc.), Tags: Catalyst Women , women in business , businesswomen , female executives , leadership , women on business No related posts, yet.

My Best Blogs of 2011

In the CEO Afterlife

I began blogging about leadership, strategy, marketing and life last February. You’re Not a Real Marketer until You Create a Brand [link]. In this post, I compare the ineptitude of BP against the leadership of Rudy Giuliani during a much bigger crisis. For as long as I can remember, the person bonded to the CEO’s hip was the CFO. Branding Human Resources Leadership Life Marketing Strategy blogs Business Crisis Management

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4 Keys For Bringing Out The Best From Introverts

Tanveer Naseer

One of the hottest themes in management and leadership today is the importance of understanding the introvert at work. Research points out that while nearly half the population is introverted, extroverts hold the majority of leadership roles.

Why Underdogs Win (More Often Than They Should)

LDRLB

We look back on it as a genius idea, but the market at the time wasn’t so sure. One random day, the CFO’s office in Dallas reached out and told Hastings and company (based in Silicon Valley) that they could meet tomorrow morning. It was a non-starter for the CFO.

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CMOs, Build a Relationship with Your CFOs

Harvard Business Review

An article published in CFO.com indicates that in one study, more CMOs report sharing marketing information with their CFOs than CFOs reported receiving. In that same study, most CFOs believed that marketing could have a positive impact on profitability but 40% of them didn't know if CMOs were even trying to do so. But this makes the still lingering CMO-CFO disconnect even more significant, as both executives are now stewards of that critical corporate data.

Why Underdogs Win (More Often Than They Should)

LDRLB

We look back on it as a genius idea, but the market at the time wasn’t so sure. One random day, the CFO’s office in Dallas reached out and told Hastings and company (based in Silicon Valley) that they could meet tomorrow morning. It was a non-starter for the CFO.

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Making the Turn: 10 Warning Signs You aren’t Shifting from Founder to Leader

N2Growth Blog

Missing the turn or making it too late can cause a company to stagnate or implode or can spell the death of the idea; or worse, the idea becomes someone else’s to bring to market without you. There are warning signs you may be stuck in founder-mode and not making the turn to leadership.

How Should Leaders Address Challenge Of Low Performers?

Tanveer Naseer

Lars Sudmann, former CFO of Procter & Gamble Belgium, TEDx presenter, leadership and board advisor, and executive coach, believes that companies should provide consistent feedback to all of their employees. He also extols the virtues of self-leadership. “A

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To bid or not to bid? That is the question.

Strategy Driven

Make an appointment with the CFO. Attitude , The Little Green Book of Getting Your Way , The Little Platinum Book of Cha-Ching , The Little Teal Book of Trust , The Little Book of Leadership , and Social BOOM! “They get bids for everything and always take the lowest bid.”.

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Even “bad” cultures get some things right

Surviving Leadership

I also truly appreciated some of the business practices that leadership followed that I have missed in other organizations, including ones highlighted in McCord’s book.

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CEOs: Don't Sabotage Your Successors

Marshall Goldsmith

A few years ago, I learned a very important lesson about leadership succession during a coaching assignment. 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. I brought it to his attention: "I just don't think you like the CFO." The CFO confronted the CEO and pointed out that everyone else gave him high marks for having improved his interpersonal relationships.

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Why Leaders Need To Show Humility

Tanveer Naseer

Only those interested in leadership as more than mere ego gratification have a chance to build something that outlasts them. The hubris displayed by Skilling, along with founder Kenneth Lay and CFO Andrew Fastow, didn’t just destroy Enron.

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The Market Wants Apple to Unveil a Time Machine

Harvard Business Review

In 2004, Apple's CFO, Fred Anderson, left the company. There are other markets waiting to be disrupted, for sure. Disruptive innovation Innovation Leadership transitionsIf you want a brilliant lesson in focus and discipline, watch Tim Cook right now. Some investors are dissatisfied with Apple. I think it's more a case of their being dissatisfied with their own lives and expecting that Apple's next product will fix everything.

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Communicating at All Levels of the Organization | Survive Your.

Survive Your Promotion

CFO – Three words… cost benefit analysis. The shorter the time period over which a project will pay for itself, the more likely the CFO will be interested in hearing more about it. Need more info on leadership and management? Survive Your Promotion!

Data Can Do for Change Management What It Did for Marketing

Harvard Business Review

Housing market price changes can be more accurately predicted from analysis of Google searches than by a team of expert real estate forecasters. There has been a rapid uptake in health care, consumer marketing, crime reduction, agriculture, scientific research, and many other areas. Just as the discipline of marketing has transformed from soft to hard science in the past 20 years, so too will the practice of change. Neasden Control Centre for HBR.

How Charismatic and Incompetent Managerial-Leaders are Destructive

Mike Cardus

Contact Create-Learning Team Building & Leadership to fix this before it happens. As the sales continued to drop and production pushed back Mark’s inability to keep control and adjust to the changes in the market became more and more apparent.

Why HR and the CEO Should Be Joined at the Hip

LDRLB

The day the Jacobs Suchard (now part of Kraft Foods ) Board of Directors promoted me to the C-Suite, they strongly suggested I align myself with the CFO. 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. After all, I had come up through the marketing ranks. Leadership bell human resources

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Craft a Remarkable Personal Brand Statement! 29 Steps & Examples

Miles Anthony Smith

While many equate strong personal branding only to powerful leadership, there's a lot more that goes into crafting a personal brand statement. Great leaders often align their leadership values with personal beliefs and ethics of their own. Career Entrepreneurship Leadership

Developing The CEO Within You.

Rich Gee Group

What are the market forces at work – are they playing fair or are they slowly (and possibly illegally) undermining your position.

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Ideas Plus Influence

Terry Starbucker

We’ve each taken on the topic of influence in leadership and are exchanging blog posts. And I think anybody who’s occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can’t be neglecting of marketing and P.R. This is an important point for all business leaders, but in my experience, I believe marketers are particularly prone to what I call “smart syndrome.”

How to deal with cyber-attacks: publicly or privately?

Strategy Driven

Middle-market businesses often assume they’ll be overlooked by attackers, whether due to a large number of similar companies, or a lack of enticing assets.

Three P's of business success

Lead on Purpose

You need people who focus on getting the right products to the right market at the right time. Successful companies establish a product management/marketing role (or group), empower them with the ability to make decisions, and hold them accountable for their actions.

What Story Does Your Org Chat Tell?

CO2

Org charts can be arranged by function, process, product, market, customer, geographic, matrix, or a combination approach. Communication/Leadership Style. By: Gary Cohen.

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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

Creating a framework for decisioning, using a published delegation of authority statement, encouraging sound business practices in collaboration, team building, leadership development, and talent management will all help even out the uneven.

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As Work Changes, Leadership Development Has to Keep Up

Harvard Business Review

As work itself is changing, some of the basic tenets of leadership development are being challenged. And while that is a good starting point in helping leaders make new connections, see different patterns and identify opportunities and threats, it does not go nearly far enough in helping organizations develop the leadership muscle required to lead in the new world of work. Voser took a detour to be CFO for ABB from 2002 to 2004 and then returned to Shell to become CEO in 2009.

The Never-Ending Meeting :: Women on Business

Women on Business

For example, ‘To decide on a marketing plan and determine the next steps for everyone in the group. It’s not rocket science, but it is surprising how many CFO’s and managers don’t stop to evaluate the effectiveness of their meetings.

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

Women on Business

She’s taking over the seat formerly occupied by Apple’s former CFO, John Anderson, who resigned amidst a stock options backdating scandal.

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How Top Pricing Managers Drive Profits: 6 Skills to Success

The Kini Group

Are you looking for ways to grow within your leadership role? You pay X amount for elements of a product or service, pad it for a margin, market a final price, and then juggle discounts. Stay on top of these market changes to build an agile and nimble strategy.

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Introducing 100 Coaches: Pay It Forward Champions

Marshall Goldsmith

Called ‘The Academy Awards of Leadership’ by the Economist, Thinkers50 is the world’s most reliable resource for identifying, ranking and sharing the leading management ideas of our age. Has been recognized as the World’s #1 Leadership Thinker. Led Leadership Department at West Point.

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Why You Should Care About The Revenue Forecast

The Idolbuster

I heard a cautionary tale from “George” the former VP of marketing at a mid-sized biotechnology company about how a bogus forecast helped propagate a disaster. The President and CFO were hungry for revenue growth, and via a process that sounds a lot like groupthink, the executive team convinced themselves that “we should be able to make $10M on this product this year.” Chapter 9: Paint Your Environment: Part 5.

How One CMO Revamped Her Role

Harvard Business Review

About 30 minutes prior to her weekly one-on-one with the CEO, the chief marketing officer at a multibillion global financial services firm received a cryptic email from him with the subject line “The Trouble with CMOs.” They see that more impact from marketing benefits everybody.

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