ADVISING CEOS

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5 Ways to Get the Most out of the CEO Evaluation Process

On a high-level, the process for planning and evaluating CEO performance is relatively straight forward. But what about the nuances that play a huge role in determining the value gained from the process?

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Grilled on the Hill: 3 Lessons from CEOs in the Hot Seat

What can CEOs learn from the high profile hearings of John Stumpf at Wells Fargo, Heather Bresch at Mylan, Michael Horn at Volkswagen of America, and Martin Shkreli at Turing Pharmaceuticals?

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Applying the KISS Principle to Executive Development

There’s an inherent paradox in the development of CEO succession candidates. How do you help executives who can benefit from deep development insights, yet are trapped in the “ADD” world of today’s business climate?

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Making a Leader…Lessons from the Olympics

It’s Olympics season, and performance is top of mind for everyone. It’s also a wonderful time to remember that the amazing athletes we are seeing train all the time, for a long time, to perfect their craft.

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High Energy in the Right Moments Can Inspire

For leaders, energy can be in short supply. Meetings all day. Team members who are energy-sapping. Events that drag on for longer than anticipated. Those leaders who can manage themselves, to maximize their moments of high-energy, will be at a great advantage.

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Advice from 75 CEOs on Aligning Leadership

As a new CEO, within the first six months on the job, you are likely to get a deep appreciation of the extent to which leadership is a team sport.

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From Great Entrepreneur to Great Leader

Making the personal shift from being the entrepreneur who starts a business to the leader of a larger enterprise

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Advice for Rising to the Challenge of Becoming CEO

The experience of being a CEO for the first time comes with many challenges, the biggest perhaps is adjusting to the role itself.

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Leading Through Rapid Growth

Rapid growth is a great problem to have?

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CEO Evaluation

It’s a bit ironic that when you rise to the level of CEO, arguably the most important position in an organization, you are less likely to get candid feedback that will help you succeed.

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Are You a First Time CEO?

EXCHANGES is the annual CEO study by The River Group. Our research focuses on the role of the CEO, the pinnacle role of leadership in an organization.

This year, EXCHANGES16 is about the experience of becoming CEO for the first time and is based on in-depth conversations with 75 CEOs during 2015.

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How to Use a Trusted Advisor

Eric Schmidt, then CEO of Google, said his best advice to new CEOs was, “Have a coach.”

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Are You About to Embark on a M&A?

Most acquisitions fail. The road to failure is broad. It is well paved. It is easy to travel. Just about anyone can navigate that road. Most do.

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A Sports Coach and his Trusted Advisor

Pep Guardiola talks about his own trusted advisor, Manel Estiarte.

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Catching Up on Algebra: How Young CEOs Accelerate their Learning

“I just feel like I have missed a bunch of stuff. It is as if I am coming to the end of high school, but have missed 8th and 9th grade pre-algebra.…”

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Leadership Lessons from West Point

The River Group convened a group of CEOs at the United States Military Academy at West Point to discuss the findings of EXCHANGES16, The River Group's annual CEO study.

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Other sources

Great CEOs See the Importance of Being Understood
by Michael Schrage
December 16, 2016
HBR.org

Corporate Culture: It’s More Than Free Beer And Pizza
by Liz Ryan
December 15, 2016
Forbes.com

Why CEOs Should Commit to Many Small Battles Instead of a Single Big One
by James Allen
December 14, 2016
HBR.org

5 Unexpected Things A Great Coach Will Do For You And One Thing You Hope She Won’t
by Sabina Nawaz
December 16, 2016
Forbes.com

How to be a Strategic Leader
by Nina Kruschwitz
December 12, 2016
MITSloan Management Review

How the Most Emotionally Intelligent CEOs Handle Their Power
by Annie McKee
December 8, 2016
HBR.org

The Downside to Full Board Independence
by Olubunmi Faleye
Winter 2017
MITSloan Management Review

Why We Keep Hiring Narcissistic CEOs
by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
November 29, 2016
HBR.org

How Boards can set a new CEO up for Success
by Eben Harrell
November 28, 2016
HBR.org

Most Admired CEOs 2016: Model CEOs showcase leadership
by Mary Huss
November 10, 2016
San Francisco Business Times

The Top Challenges CEOs And Leaders Face And How To Overcome Them
by Asha Mankowska MA
November 6, 2016
Forbes.com

The Best-Performing CEOs in the World
by Harvard Business Review Staff
November 2016
Harvard Business Review

Why Visionary CEOs Never Have Visionary Successors
by Steve Blank
October 20, 2016
HBR.org

Older CEOs Are Staying Longer, New Report Shows
by Rachel Feintzeig
October 18, 2016
The Wall Street Journal

Ten Reasons Most CEOs Can’t Talk About Culture
by Liz Ryan
September 26, 2016
Forbes.com

A CEO’s Personality Can Undermine Succession Planning
by Ben Dattner and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
September 15, 2016
HBR.org

The CEO guide to boards
September 2016
McKinsey Quarterly

CEO Excellence: In The Spotlight

CEOs need to achieve results faster than ever before. Their vertical climb is steeper. The spotlight is more intense. There is no grace period for today’s CEOs.

Suddenly everyone is looking at you. You can’t hide. Every word is scrutinized, every indicator of body language is interpreted. Your mood is contagious.

These days CEOs need to achieve results faster than ever before. The expectation is greater. Tenure is shorter.

In an isolated role, you need feedback and counsel from those who have a deep appreciation of what it feels like to be CEO.

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CEO Succession Planning: Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

It is the most important job of any Board. Find the next CEO.

Yet, complacency by Boards is common. Many are just unprepared for managing CEO succession.

When unprepared, they tend to hire from outside. But, over the long-term, insider CEOs provide higher shareholder returns.

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