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Why Culture is The Basis of Building & Investing: What Carlyle Group’s Example Holds for CEOs

Billionaire buy and hold investor Ron Baron says he invests in people, not companies. Before he opens his investment war chest, he dives deep into a company, actually meeting the leadership and seeing the tone they set from the top. No matter how “successful” a company looks on paper, it’s the meet and greet and getting to know the people involved in the organization and their culture that seals the deal for him. Peeling back his 25 billion investing portfolio, one of his investing jewels is The Carlyle Group.

Lori Ann LaRocco CEO Briefing Newsletter , Culture , Talent Management April 8 2014

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.

Christopher Otto Culture , Talent Management April 4 2012

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 [...]

CJ Prince Culture , Strategy March 20 2012
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Editor-in-Chief JP Donlon: Why Competing Through Culture Matters More Than Ever

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.

JP Donlon Culture , Talent Management November 10 2011

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 [...]

ChiefExecutive.net Culture , Talent Management November 3 2011

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.

Tom Rieger Culture , Talent Management August 31 2011

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.

Steve Odland Culture , Governance/Compliance , Talent Management August 17 2011

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.

Greg Kesler and Amy Kates Culture , Engagement , Leadership & Strategy , Talent Management August 17 2011
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VIDEO: Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant on Harnessing Healthy Corporate Culture

Chief executive of Monsanto and 2010′s CEO of the Year, Hugh Grant discusses the important traits of a healthy corporate culture. Grant was on-site at the NYSE on July 27 to pass the title of CEO of the Year to 2011′s choice, Ford’s Alan Mulally.

ChiefExecutive.net Culture , Talent Management , Videos August 1 2011
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The Only Three Things a Leader Should Focus On — Brains, Bones, and Nerves

The core of a company can be accurately compared to the core of the human body — you need brains, bones, and nerves to all work together in order to function properly. The brains are the strategy, the bones are the organizational structure, and the nerves are the culture. If you’re missing any piece of the body, it all falls apart.

Rajeev Peshawaria Culture , Leadership & Strategy , Talent Management July 26 2011

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