Resilient Leadership

As 2020 is shaping up to be the year of uncertainty for businesses, it is also proving to be a testing ground for organizational leadership. Executives around the globe are dealing with issues they never imagined. Without a playbook on how to successfully navigate the situation, they need to rely on their soft skills more … Continued

2020 M&A Activity

During difficult economic times, many businesses circle the wagons and take a conservative approach until the economy recovers. Other companies take the opposite approach and use the downturn to make opportunistic decisions that provide superior value during a bear market. As we reached the half-way point of the year, it’s fair to say we’ve never … Continued

Do We Need A Chief Innovation Officer?

You may or may not be familiar with one of the newer roles in the c-suite, the Chief Innovation Officer (CINO). While the role didn’t exist a generation ago, now nearly one-third of Fortune 500 companies have a CINO, according to an Egon Zehnder study. If this trend is something you’re considering, you are likely … Continued

Is Now The Time for the Chief Well-being Officer

With most employee’s increase in worry and stress, as well as rising loneliness and boredom, an organization’s role in sustaining and promoting well-being is more important than ever. The five elements of well-being include purpose, social, financial, community and physical. More than half of workers cite poor work-life balance and almost 40% believe they cannot achieve … Continued

CEOs Need Strong Executive Teams

For all the responsibilities CEOs carry, their most important asset is the team they put around them, and you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of the executive team. With the level of change today from constant technology advancements to changing workplace expectations, no single person, no matter how talented you may be, can handle business transformation … Continued

CEO Succession Planning During Adversity

Every year CEOs leave office, voluntarily or otherwise. But what can we expect for CEO succession planning during adversity?  If we look back at the 2008-2009 financial crisis, the last time we were facing an unexpected future, more than 2,000 CEOs from publicly-traded companies left office. A record number. Some of those were planned, but … Continued

Leading Through Unexpected Adversity

As an executive, it’s fair to say that nothing has truly prepared you for leading through unexpected adversity like we’re facing today. According to Harvard Business Review (HBR), “When the situation is uncertain, human instinct and basic management training can cause leaders — out of fear of taking the wrong steps and unnecessarily making people … Continued

Is Your CMO Customer Focused? (Hint: They Better Be)

It’s no surprise to hear that marketing is changing. Many of the channels that are used today didn’t exist a decade ago. The days of Madison Avenue creating and defining brands is a distant memory. Today’s CMO needs to focus on their customers. Not just say they focus on their customers, but actually change their … Continued

Female CEOs Generate More Gross Profit

We’ve seen the reports that tout the benefits of diversity. Two recent studies have further demonstrated the impact female executives have on the success of an organization. Female CEOs generate more gross profit and are better at developing strategy, a key leadership attribute.  A new study from S&P Global Market Intelligence, has shown that companies … Continued

Meet the new C-suite leader: The chief well-being officer

Companies today face an ever-changing business climate and growing competition from all over the world. With that comes increasing pressure to accommodate and counter those challenges. The lines between work and life have become blurred. Companies are only as productive as their people — and their people are coping with strenuous demands. Hence the need … Continued