Tara J. Rethore

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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.

Rethinking The Office? First, Rethink Relationships

In the absence of serendipitous interactions, CEOs must be deliberate and decidedly less casual or opportunistic to cultivate relationships. Some questions to consider.

Engage Your Board To ‘Feed Forward’

Partnering closely with the board and taking suggestions for the future strengthens the relationship and expands our thinking.

Longing To See 2020 In Hindsight

There's no vaccine for volatility, so, despite the calendar year turning over, CEOs will have to learn to live with ambiguity for a while longer. A few tips.

Thriving In Sustained Ambiguity

The consensus seems to be that many of us are going to be trapped in our bunkers for a while longer. Some tips to help manage the ongoing uncertainty.

How To Quiet The Noise When It’s Everywhere?

Staying focused requires an ability to turn off distractions—or, in some cases, to lean into them.

A Single Budget Won’t Cut It For 2021

No single budget will capture all of the uncertainties or possibilities any business will face through 2021. Instead, CEOs need a primary budget that also illustrates the adjustments required to adapt quickly as things change.

Where Are The Cracks In Your Foundation?

In a crisis, problems that weren’t significantly impeding performance suddenly become quite visible—and the usual metrics or indicators may not apply. Time to take a closer look.

Know When To Step Aside

Particularly in times of uncertainty, great leadership means making space for talent, opportunity and creativity to flourish.

Leading Remotely Doesn’t Mean Remote Leadership

With the workforce dispersed, CEOs have to be even more intentional about how they communicate with, and are visible to, their people.

The Failed Iowa Caucuses App: Lessons for CEOs

To avoid a similar debacle, CEOs and boards need to be consistently managing their exposure to potential risks in executing their strategy.
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