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The CEO Tightrope: How to Master the Balancing Act Between the Ups and Downs

No company wins all the time. It’s not realistic to think a CEO won’t face problems during their tenure. I managed NetQoS, a network performance solution provider, through 31 consecutive quarters of double-digit growth, but that winning streak was bookended by the post-9/11 recession and the 2008 Great Recession. Things were incredibly tough in both recessions and were a test of my credibility and competence.

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Why a Brilliant Business Strategy Isn’t Enough

Many leaders believe that having a first-rate business strategy is the key to bolstering a company’s growth, gaining a competitive edge and increasing shareholder value. But if that’s true, why do so many companies with great strategies fail? And what then, is the real key to success?

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The Biggest Ethical Mistakes Made by CEOs and How to Avoid Them

I was recently asked about the biggest ethical mistakes CEOs make. In 35 years as an ethics consultant, I have seen some doozies. After all, you only hire an ethics consultant if you face an ethical dilemma. And once an ethical mistake occurs, it is extremely hard to set things right with the public and media, who already may believe that companies routinely engage in unethical conduct. The truth is that most of these mistakes are entirely avoidable—if you are on the lookout for them. Here are the top 5 ethical mistakes I've seen made by CEOs.

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