Value Creation and the Strategic CFO

One of the easiest ways to identify a strategic CFO is simply by listening to the way peers and business unit leaders speak of him or her. Is the comment, “I need to get something past my CFO?” Or is it: “Let’s bring in our CFO to get perspective on how we best solve this […]

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Sticking to Values

Twice a week, Adam Bryant talks with top executives about the challenges of leading and managing. He publishes excerpts from these interviews in his New York Times column, Corner Office: Conversations about Leadership and Management. His July 14th column features an interview with David Reimer, Merryck & Co. Americas CEO, on Sticking to Values. See […]

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Leading within a C-Suite of Rivals

Speaking recently in Chicago, Heidrick & Struggles CEO Kevin Kelly reminded us, “Forty percent of new leaders fail in their first 18 months.” For external hires, this failure rate is especially costly.

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CEOs: If You Don’t Go Looking for Greatness, It Just Might Find You

Who among us has not dreamed of greatness at some point? When I was a boy, I would head out after dinner to the doctor’s office parking lot behind my house. For hours at a time in the summer twilight, I would “pitch” a golf ball against a brick wall and field the “hits” with […]

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