Changing this blog to focus on CEOs

While this blog spent its first year as a place of general conversation, I am changing it to focus on CEOs. I am the CEO of a small public company but I often spend time with big company CEOs – the leaders of the organizations that Forrester advises. This blog will contain ideas, research, observations, and analysis pointed at increasing the success of CEOs. It will identify what CEOs must accomplish to improve the prospects for their organizations and increase their own personal effectiveness. It will help CEOs take unique approaches to their challenges – hence “The Counterintuitive CEO.” This is in keeping with Forrester’s role focus – the company goes to market helping 19 roles attain high performance.

To keep all of this from becoming too sterile and boring, I will also include some personal observations -- recommendations for books, articles, music, things I love and things I hate. My intention is to share information that may make you think counterintuitively…or simply take the edge off.

While I am targeting CEOs, all are welcome here…and I ask all to join in on the conversation. Ping me when I’m off-base and please add ideas and information to push the discussion to a more valuable plane. I’m honored to have you participate.

Comments

re: Changing this blog to focus on CEOs

Good new focus! I look forward to reading your new posts. Here's one topic that I'd love your perspective on: How CEOs, once they embrace social media, can actually institutionalize down through the upper-middle and middle ranks, where friction is often high. I've heard lots of CEOs say "I get it and I'm sold," but very often it is the senior line managers who don't carry the torch across cross the finish line.

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George, it will be interesting to see what a focus on CEO's means to you. I was a small-business CEO before I decided to do 'real-work' again and in my mind a great CEO has exactly the same focus as the lowest grunt that works for him. A fantastic CEO knows that each and every one of his team does his job better than he could. Only the weakest CEO's think they are something better ...

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Project, Adjust, Steer, & Clear.Every CEO should be focused on the overall health of his company. If cutting expenses in one department will boost productivity in another, thus affecting a positive overall effect should be considered very seriously. In this tough economic time sometimes it’s a question of choosing -1000 over -10,000.Slow economic times are best for invest in ERP, R&D, Planning & Forecasting.ERP:If an Investment in ERP will cost $100,000 and it will cost 30% overhead on productivity. In a viable economic environment that 30% could be a large figure than it could be in a much slower economy.R&D:This will give you the cutting edge competitive advantage you need to overcome the slow market. Better product or service has much greater chances to succeed because buyers are now doing very rigorous risk mitigation thus disqualifying sub standards.Planning & Forecasting:This is the single most important stage that can effect the company’s position among its competitors and any impurities in planning can result in serious financial loss. Use of effective planning software & analysis matrix is a key to success in this stage.The above three are the major arteries of any business and if there is any clogging of communication it should be rectified immediately. Invest smartly in communication & collaboration technology to efficiently manage project cost and timeline. Audit at every level is often overlooked due to the financial overhead but maintaining a resilient workforce requires high standard of audits and control.There should also be a efforts made to engage employees into the long term sustainably off the company giving them sense that less today could be worth a lot tomorrow. Introduction of hourly wages could also be an effective way to impose responsibility of time on employees. If the planning stage is executed correctly than measuring employees hourly production against the projected estimates will reveal a greater insight into employees efficiency.

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George,Being a dedicated follower of your blog, I am interested to see how you refocus to the CEO front. Keep up the great work. Erik

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