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David Keuning's thoughts on the role of CEO and the things that impact CEO life.
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Cisco CEO: US Tax System Is Broken - CNBC.com

Cisco CEO: US Tax System Is Broken - CNBC.com | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Cisco CEO: US Tax System Is Broken
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John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, explains that they've increased their overseas acquisitions because of the "broken" U.S. tax system.
David Keuning's insight:

Spay or neuter your IRS. Let's get this "fixed". 

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McDonald's CEO bawled-out by 9-year-old - USA TODAY

McDonald's CEO bawled-out by 9-year-old - USA TODAY | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
NPR (blog) McDonald's CEO bawled-out by 9-year-old USA TODAY Perhaps no one knows that better than CEO Don Thompson, who was seriously put on the hot seat by a nine-year-old girl at Thursday's annual shareholder's meeting in Oak Brook, Ill.
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Talk about getting a McWhupping. Makes for a very unhappy meal.
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Dissent in Organizations: Jeffrey Kassing. Amazon.com

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David Keuning's insight:

This is on my "to read" list.  How do you handle dissent in your organization?  Do you allow it? Encourage it?  Control how it gets expressed? Do you have a strategy? 

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7 Ways to Build Accountable Organizations

7 Ways to Build Accountable Organizations | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it

"An accountable workplace won’t appear overnight, but the right elements must be in place. Where do you need to invest your time and attention to build an environment of accountability?"

David Keuning's insight:

Building accountability requires persistence and an incredible investment of energy from the leader of the organization.

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CEO Confidence Boosts Executive Recruiting: EcoPulse - Bloomberg

CEO Confidence Boosts Executive Recruiting: EcoPulse - Bloomberg | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
CEO Confidence Boosts Executive Recruiting: EcoPulse Bloomberg Rising CEO confidence is a “key indicator” that's helping to boost demand in the executive-recruitment industry, said Timothy Ghriskey, chief investment officer at Solaris Asset...
David Keuning's insight:

CEO confidence continues to improve.  Good news. 

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Your Team Needs an Intervention

Your Team Needs an Intervention | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Your Team Needs an Intervention blogs.hbr.org (blog) Straight out of Argyris's classic HBR article about why smart people can't learn," this room is full of people skilled in all elements of leadership except collaborative work and unfamiliar with...
David Keuning's insight:

oh this is a good one...  the element of surprise.  "Where were the rest of you?"  He points out that we agreed that we would all be in this together...

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10 Questions to Ask Before Naming Your Business

10 Questions to Ask Before Naming Your Business | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
A strong business name helps define your company in the market. Here is a guide to making yours meaningful and memorable.
David Keuning's insight:

Here are some good questions to ask yourself before you name your business.  

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How Social Is Your CEO?

How Social Is Your CEO? | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Last week I ran a workshop for a number of Chief Executives. Whilst preparing my slidedeck (which is featured above) I spoke to a friend who is the Managing Director of a medium sized business. The...
David Keuning's insight:

Five reasons to consider social in your marketing mix.  

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Should You Consider Replacing Yourself as CEO?

Should You Consider Replacing Yourself as CEO? | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
My internal compass has always steered me strongly toward the belief that founders who can scale with their startup companies are better to back that founders who eventually need to hire a CEO. I h...
David Keuning's insight:

ooh, tough question.  Would you be willing to do it?

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WSJ.com Sizing Up Pay

WSJ.com Sizing Up Pay | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
CEO pay from the 300 largest U.S.public companies (RT @WSJ: Graphic: compare the highest-paid CEOs by industry, year and total compensation http://t.co/LRi34zpa8f)...
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David Keuning's comment, May 19, 2013 2:24 PM
This is a cool WSJ graphic. Roll your mouse over the graphic to see the relationship between CEO compensation and shareholder return. Hmmm...
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Red Mass Group:: What CEO's Are Really Saying About Massachusetts

Red Mass Group:: What CEO's Are Really Saying About Massachusetts | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
RT @BradMarston: CEO "If I were designing Hell for a company I couldn't do as good a job as Massachusetts." http://t.co/EBAQsopnAb #mapoli
David Keuning's insight:

Love it! CEO: "If I were designing Hell for a company I couldn't do as good a job as Massachusetts."  I'll see you in Boston!

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The Steve Jobs I Knew

The Steve Jobs I Knew | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
AllThingsD marks the anniversary of Steve Jobs's death with Walt Mossberg's memories of the man, originally published Oct. 5, 2011.
David Keuning's insight:

Here's a great definition of a CEO: 

"He did what a CEO should: Hired and inspired great people; managed for the long term, not the quarter or the short-term stock price; made big bets and took big risks. He insisted on the highest product quality and on building things to delight and empower actual users, not intermediaries like corporate IT directors or wireless carriers. And he could sell. Man, he could sell."

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Does Ducati's CEO Ride? Of Corse.

Does Ducati's CEO Ride? Of Corse. | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it

While he hadn't yet been named CEO when this photo was taken, Claudio Domenicali has long been a force of nature inside Ducati. From the days when Ducati Corse was just formed to his later progression into production, Domenicali's hands are all over nearly every aspect of Ducati as a company. His love for racing is well known.


Via Vicki Smith for Ducati.net
David Keuning's insight:

My takeaway?  You have to dog food your own product. 

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Leadership: "I don't agree " !

Leadership: "I don't agree " ! | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Don't say you agree with me. When People agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong ...

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Mary Perfitt-Nelson, David Hain
David Keuning's insight:

It is so important to teach your employees to speak truth to power.  If your management team has 10 people and they ALL agree with you ALL of the time, then 9 are redundant.  It's the ability to harnass a variety of perspectives that distinguishes a high performing team.  

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 24, 2013 7:06 PM

This is really thought provoking and promotes the idea that innovation comes from the fringes, from non-conformity, and from the disagreeable.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 24, 2013 9:41 PM

Love this:  " the dissenting voice gets stifled when it is not well received."


The dissenting voice often includes divergent pieces that are missing in an otherwise brilliant body of work.  Listen carefully.  Good could become better .

Elaine Cox's curator insight, May 25, 2013 5:30 AM

Thought provoking and promotes the idea that leaders need to be brave enough to welcome dissention.

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Joe Nocera does it again

Joe Nocera does it again | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
On the New York Times Op-Ed page he calls Apple CEO Tim Cook a liar.
FORTUNE -- I met Joe Nocera once, and he seemed like a nice guy.
David Keuning's insight:

Whattya think?  Did Tim Cook lie under oath? 

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Embrace the Business Model That Threatens You

Embrace the Business Model That Threatens You | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it

If your company is already well established and has smart management, it is likely that it will become a hybrid in the next ten years, blending its legacy...

David Keuning's insight:

Good idea but tough to execute.  Raise your hand if you <3 change.

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Conversational Capacity: Communication Strategies for Success in Business

Conversational Capacity: Communication Strategies for Success in Business | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Human nature has stacked the odds against any group trying to collaborate under pressure.
David Keuning's insight:

What are you doing to increase the conversational capacity in your business communications?  

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The Surprising Path to the Top

The Surprising Path to the Top | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it

Top tier leaders develop their leadership; bottom tier leaders don’t. Lousy leaders don’t develop their leadership. Those who need it most – want it least. Those who need it least – want it most.

David Keuning's insight:

My take-away is that you never stop learning -- no matter how long you've been doing it.  No matter what your position.  Just keep working to improve.

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Too Much On Your Plate? Here Are Some Tips To Clear Your Desk Of Tasks

Too Much On Your Plate? Here Are Some Tips To Clear Your Desk Of Tasks | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
If you want to clear your schedule, clean your desk, and make your life easier, try implementing some of these tips into your day.
David Keuning's insight:

Every CEO I know struggles with this.  

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How to Formulate Strategy for a Start Up Organization

How to Formulate Strategy for a Start Up Organization | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
There are excellent articles on business promotion, marketing, and sales strategies. However when it comes to strategic planning for running an enterprise especially in the small and medium scale sector.
David Keuning's insight:

Hope is not a strategy.  Having said that... how do you make up a strategy?

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Signe Godfrey: How to Make a Strong First Impression

Signe Godfrey: How to Make a Strong First Impression | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Hawaii News Now, Hawaii's live, local, connected news leader. News, weather, sports, video, employment,. Breaking News and Severe Weather station.
David Keuning's insight:

good advice on making strong first impression. 

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Six Components of a Great Corporate Culture

Six Components of a Great Corporate Culture | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
From a vision to your people, the foundation for shaping -- or changing -- your organization.
David Keuning's insight:

I imagine you can flip this around too.  A dirth of these six components means a dreadful corporate culture.  How does your company rank?

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12 Business Lessons You Can Learn from Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

12 Business Lessons You Can Learn from Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
When current and aspiring tech entrepreneurs are asked who they look up to the most, they give the usual names: Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and maybe a few will mention Bill Gates.
David Keuning's insight:
The two pizza rule and this: if you double your experiments you'll double your inventiveness.
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President and CEO of United shares personal career advice...

President and CEO of United shares personal career advice... | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it

stanfordbusiness: “ President and CEO of United Continental Holdings Jeff Smisek shared personal career advice and lessons growing a successful airline business in last week’s Stanford GSB View From...

David Keuning's insight:

Jeff, I'll repost you to my friends but you have to remember to *upgrade* me the next time I'm on United.

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How to Fix 6 Failing Marketing Metrics Your CEO Actually Cares About

How to Fix 6 Failing Marketing Metrics Your CEO Actually Cares About | CEO's Almanac | Scoop.it
Suffering from underperforming marketing KPIs? Read this post and learn how to fix those guys!

 

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You’ve got to grab your marketing by the bootstraps and make the necessary adjustments in order to provide your CEO with the ROI they’re looking for. Below I’ve detailed six metrics highlighted by CMO Mike Volpe on this very blog, how to identify when they’re underperforming, and how to make the necessary adjustments to save your bacon. Here’s how to fix 6 critical marketing KPIs when they're underperforming:

1) Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC)

2) Marketing % of Customer Acquisition Cost (M%-CAC)

3) Ratio of Customer Lifetime Value to CAC (LTV:CAC)

4) Time to Payback CAC

5) Marketing Originated Customer %

6) Marketing Influenced Customer %


Via marketingIO
David Keuning's insight:

yes! you absolutely *must* make the right KPIs from the beginning.

 

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