A CEO NEWSLETTER - February 2015
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The best CEOs, in my mind, are those who figure out the right levers to pull, choose great people to be on the team and motivate great behaviors through an inspiring environment that respects and generally cares for the well-being of its employees. 

 
Unfortunately, being a CEO is a bit of a grind. Well, actually, it's a lot of a grind. You have a million things to do, planes to catch, people with problems, products you can never sell enough of, and why, for the love of god, do things continue to get more and more complex? And let us not forget that you are meant to emerge as the one who fosters inspiration, sees the way and brings clarity to complexity!

 

Old school CEOs resemble the famous visual of a chicken with their head cut off. They are always pushing, creating a sense of urgency, trying to get more and more done, seeing all the gaps and are, frankly, worn out. They burn out and they burn people out. Sometimes it works. Most times it fizzles. 


 

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Preparation Makes Perfect: 5 Tips for Preparing for Your Strategic Planning Session
 

It's time for your annual offsite planning session - a costly event. Hotel fees, dinner bills and the greatest expense - eight executives out of the office for one, two, maybe three days! The key is to get it right. This is the time to get your team aligned, set clear goals and figure out who is going to do what to ensure a killer year. Here are some tips to make the session highly effective and worth the expense...