Tara J. Rethore

Tara Rethore, CEO of Strategy for Real, works with CEOs, boards and executives to take strategy off the page and into action. Throughout her career, Tara has led strategy development and execution within global organizations and as a highly valued consultant. She is known for discovering leadership and strategy lessons in everyday situations which then become relatable examples for her clients. Currently, Tara serves on several private and nonprofit boards. She is also a Marshall Goldsmith Certified Stakeholder-Centered Coach. Tara earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. Learn more about making strategy work in Tara’s book, Charting the Course: CEO Tools to Align Strategy & Operations, or on Tara’s Real Strategy blog.

Make The Most Of Your Next Quarterly Meeting

Over the next several weeks, CEOs will gather with their boards and stakeholders to review progress. Here's how to cultivate an open, productive dialogue.

Is The Culture You Have The One You Need?

Fixing culture starts with a proper diagnosis. Here are three steps to identifying what you have vs. what you need.

Don’t Put Retention On The Back Burner

If you don't want to fall behind in the war for talent, you need to keep a focus on development planning—and the CEO has a critical role to play.

Holding Court: Leadership Lessons From Rafa Nadal

The dramatic finale of the recent Australian Open showed what real resilience looks like.

Ready For The Year Ahead?

External shifts in the business context over this past year—and the decisions and actions taken to address them—have implications for all companies, and how leaders lead. Practical advice to be prepared.

What The Real Focus Of Your Return-To-Office Strategy Should Be

If you're still wrestling with the question of whether to be in or out of the office, it may be the wrong question. Three things to consider.

Is Your Front Office Driving Customers Away?

If so, it's probably not just a front office problem. As CEO, you can reinforce a three-step approach to ensure your front line is keeping customers happy.

It’s Commencement Season. What Will You Begin?

CEOs have a unique opportunity to identify and embrace the unexpected opportunities that have emerged. Will they?

The Future Office Is Not About Place

"Hoteling," "split work," "concierge space"—there's a lot of talk about hybrid solutions. But to make any of them work, CEOs need to start with—and keep the focus on—outcomes and performance.

No Time To Wait—Or Waste

Whether you're struggling to keep pace with demand, or trying to stay afloat during the long lull, it's critical to ensure the pace the company is at is the one it needs to succeed.
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New Poll: CEOs Find Challenges In Using Customer Data To Drive Innovation

Ability to harness and sort through data for meaningful insights remains a hurdle, many say. “The key is...finding what is actually relevant.”


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In Poll, Majority of CEOs Say Hybrid Work Is Here to Stay for 2022. Full Virtual? Not so Much

Almost all the CEOs we surveyed in May say they will work in at least partially hybrid mode for the rest of the year—versus just 7 percent who said they'd be fully remote.