Author Archives: Dave Berkus

If it can be counted, the CFO owns it.

There is a simple way to define the responsibilities of the chief financial officer.  And it extends beyond the usual interpretation of the CFO position in many companies. If it can be counted, the CFO owns the responsibility for controlling … Continue reading

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The five tactical skills of a great executive

While we are on the subject of great leadership, let’s list the five principal tactical skills of a great leader.  These are not the strategic visionary skills, like leading companies through risky product launches, or steering the course through economic … Continue reading

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Three qualities of a great leader

By Dave Berkus There are lots of ways to measure a great leader.  Here are three that should resonate with you as leader and with those who follow you.  These qualities are applicable whether you are leading your company or … Continue reading

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Two reasons to attack critical issues first.

There are two reasons to consider reordering your priorities to attack your most critical issues first, before the easiest ones to knock off the list. First, you are fresher at the start of a day, and your best efforts should … Continue reading

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Don’t make assertions that will later prove untrue.

Sometimes it is easy for someone at the top of an organization to make a statement that, in the enthusiasm of the moment or to make a point, crosses the line between fact and fiction.  Sometimes it seems to you … Continue reading

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Why bother with a board of directors?

I hope you enjoy this new format – with its larger type and easier navigation. – Dave No matter what your size, if you intend to grow your business into more than just a lifestyle workplace, you should create a … Continue reading

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It’s about time!

While we are revisiting the issues raised by my (newly revised) book, Extending the Runway, we should examine the challenges to a CEO in making use of enterprise time, one of its most valuable and often misused assets. Enterprise time, as opposed … Continue reading

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Extending Your Runway

One of my books, Extending the Runway, uses parallels to piloting a plane to equate to the process of creating and building a small company, making maximum use of resources to get to and beyond breakeven. It is worth revisiting … Continue reading

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Stealing time

It’s a big issue within any company.  With easy access to Internet shopping, games, social networks and more, employees are able to find many ways to focus on personal issues while at work, detracting from productivity and demonstrating a dis-respect … Continue reading

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Some great coaches are younger than you are.

Especially for social media-based businesses, we all need to recalibrate our thinking about who is the teacher and who is the student.  There is nothing wrong with a manager slowing a conversation to ask for more background when speaking to … Continue reading

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