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The CEO as Head Coach

Too many corporate leaders don’t understand that changing corporate culture is shaped by every decision they make. The tone is set by their words and cemented with their actions, every day—when the CEO establishes a strategy and follows it, sets rules and abides by them, not only says he or she is “one of us,” but acts like one of us.

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A Strategy Map: Competing Through Culture

Roundtable session at the New York Stock Exchange With the economy rebounding at a snail’s pace and companies already operating as lean and mean as they can, CEOs have to get creative about achieving growth. Those hoping to increase share of market in the current environment need to find ways to exploit their company’s hidden potential and find that unique ...

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Editor-in-Chief JP Donlon: Why Competing Through Culture Matters More Than Ever

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The complexity of today’s business world is far beyond what one leader can handle, and the CEO of a large company cannot possibly reach every single employee. That’s where culture ultimately determines how effective a CEO and his senior team really are. Chief Executive magazine editor-in-chief JP Donlon discusses the importance of culture for sustaining long-term growth.

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More than Money: Culture is the Key to Employee Retention

Salary is important to employees and critical to maintaining their personal standards of living.  In this economy, however, companies can’t afford increased salaries and lots of perks for employees.  It turns out, however, that though employees do care about how much they’re making, there are many other things that you can do to keep employees engaged and motivated. Employees care ...

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4 Ways to Create a Culture of Courage

In fear-ridden companies, employees learn that empowerment is a pipe dream and that the only way to survive is to obey direction without question. It’s up to leaders at all levels to give employees the encouragement, energy, and support to try new things and to focus on the greater good of the overall organization.

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5 Ways to Get the Governance We Want

Despite all the new rules and regulations , the key to good corporate governance remains a strong commitment to ethics. Here, former Chairman and CEO of Office Depot and Autozone, Steve Odland, tells CEOs how to create and maintain a strong ethical culture.

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Design for Conflict: Why You Should Have a Few Fights in Your Company

In a complex, multi-divisional company, managing brands across several products and geographies can get complicated. Learn to love it. And sometimes a little tension can produce more creativity and productivity -- harmony is often the wrong goal. When there is no tension among businesses and functions and geographies there’s a good chance value is being left on the table somewhere.

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