Category Archives: Surrounding yourself with talent

The five “Whys” a manager should ask

This is a trick headline.  There can be three “whys” or twenty, depending upon the issue and the responses.  To make the point, the word “why” has to be one of the more powerful words in a manager’s vocabulary.  Asking … Continue reading

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Hire slowly. Fire fast.

New hires can shore up the weak areas of a business in ways existing employees cannot, if hiring is done to fill true needs.  Some employees lose their drive, or remain behind as the company grows, failing to gain the … Continue reading

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You may burn your first professional manager.

It seems to be a rule, not an exception. The first professional senior manager that an entrepreneur hires to share the growing workload does not last more than a year.   Why? Entrepreneurs start businesses with a strong vision of what … Continue reading

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Be an Adaptive Business Leader.

The title of this insight happens to be the name of a CEO roundtable organization I belong to, and have been a member since 1989 (Adaptive Business Leader Organization – or ABL).  The organization, like Vistage, manages roundtables of CEOs … 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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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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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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