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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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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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A Lesson From Mary Barra on Shifting Strategy Gracefully

As the seasons changed last week, so did Mary Barra’s strategy. Through several high-profile interviews, including Time and The Wall Street Journal, the GM CEO has been trying to move the media away from eight months of preoccupation with dozens of safety recalls, without as much luck as she’d like. So she’s now shifted her angle again, to one she hopes will be more effective for America’s biggest automaker: She is sharing her strategy for the future.

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