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Author Archives: Dr. Thomas J. Saporito

Dr. Thomas J. Saporito
Dr. Thomas J. Saporito (tsaporito@rhrinternational.com) is chairman and CEO of RHR International, a global firm committed to the development of top management leadership.

Effective—Not Ideological—Leadership is the Key to Company Success

The best CEOs focus more on being effective than on being the smartest person in the room. In fact, CEOs who insist on being right often go down in flames, because they are unable to create enough alignment to move their organizations forward. Here are a few lessons in leadership based on today’s political landscape, from Tom Saporito, chairman and CEO of global consulting firm RHR International.

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How Companies Can Get the Best Senior Hire

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Suppose you are a CEO of a mid-sized manufacturing company and you’re looking for a new CFO. You would probably look for somebody with excellent financial skills and training—preferably in the same, or a similar, industry. But picking senior staff depends on more than vetting skills and track record.

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Time For a Do Over: How Do You Move On When You’ve Picked the Wrong CEO Candidate?

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Seeing the need for a new CEO, a client went about it the right way and began developing a thoughtful, strategic succession process. The company began grooming two or three in-house candidates, eventually zeroing in on one they thought would be ideal. However, the dynamics changed as the process went on. In cultivating their CEO-to-be, they came to realize they were actually betting on the wrong horse.

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The CEO and Power: Are the Two a Dynamic Duo or an Odd Couple?

Power is a word that is often spoken synonymously with the office of CEO—for better or for worse. By dictionary definition, power is “the ability to act or produce an effect.” Simple enough. Yet, when it comes to how power plays out in leadership positions, understanding the dynamics can mean the difference between leading effectively and falling flat.

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Pope Francis: A Transformational CEO

There's this complex, global "business," thousands of years old, that finds itself steeped in its own history, embroiled in controversy and struggling to reconnect with its base while remaining relevant in a quickly changing landscape. Sound familiar?

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