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Quick Tips for Successfully Leading Through a Crisis

It's difficult enough to lead in good times, but it's even more challenging to lead in a time of crisis. While most companies have some sort of crisis plan in place, many are inadequate and untested, and contingency mitigation techniques and risk management programs can easily become overwhelmed. Whether it's plummeting share prices or a major brand image problem, it's up to the C-suite to own the situation and lead through the choppy waters.

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6 Key Personality Traits for Effective CEOs

It’s no secret that business acumen in all its guises is an essential attribute for successful CEOs. However, there are also several key personality traits that separate effective CEOs from their less-than-effective—and hence, less-than-successful—counterparts.

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5 Steps to Getting the Most Out of a Good Consultant

Change: this time of year, it's in the air. And yet, the transformation of American leadership––that for years has been long sought after to improve America's employees and her manufacturing base–just never seems to materialize. When change becomes necessary, however, say due to a company crisis, that change just can't come fast enough for most CEOs.

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How to Combat Meeting Fatigue and Increase Productivity

U.S. businesses waste $37 billion in unnecessary meetings each year, according to Verizon. Let me put that number in perspective for you. In 2014, Apple made $39 billion, according to Fortune. That means U.S. businesses lose almost as much as Apple makes each year by having meetings that aren’t necessary. So how do we stop wasting time and money and gain back that productivity we’re losing?

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3 Ways to Create a Data-Driven Digital Enterprise Culture

Executives and marketers alike often throw around terms like “data-driven” and “company culture”—just not in the same sentence. Today, the behaviors reinforced by a company’s culture aren’t consistently followed when it comes to employees’ use and management of data, and that poses a major challenge.

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How Fast-Paced Leaders Build High-Speed Companies

In 2013, a little over five years after it had a seemingly unassailable lead in the global smartphone market, Nokia’s share had completely collapsed and the company was sold to Microsoft. While Apple, Samsung and Chinese manufacturers innovated, Nokia stood still. It’s not alone. Between 2006 and 2014, almost 40 of the S&P 100 companies had dropped out of the list, and nearly 20 of them had completely lost their independence.

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