Archives from January 2010

Johnny Taylor on Getting Good Hires Now

Beat the talent rush early.

January 29, 2010 / Podcast # 10-05

Johnny Taylor

Even with the economy in a downturn, companies still need to invest in new talent. Johnny Taylor says that the race to find good talent is coming soon and smart employers are starting early. Read more…


Larry Schweikart on the Legacy of American Entrepreneurs

The stories of the people who led American businesses to success.

January 22, 2010 / Podcast # 10-04

Larry Schweikart

What entrepreneurs best characterize America’s business past and why? The American Entrepreneur: The Fascinating Stories Of The People Who Define Business In The United States by Larry Schweikart, illustrates the history of business in the United States from the point of view of the enterprising men and women who made it happen. Read more…


Claire Wyckoff and Nat Stoddard on Selecting the Right Leader

a new approach to prevent top-level failures.

January 15, 2010 / Podcast # 10-03

Claire Wyckoff and Nat Stoddard

Leadership failures damage or even destroy companies every day. The Right Leader: Selecting Executives Who Fit, Details: A Revolutionary Process For Selecting Executives Based On Years Of Consulting For Some Of America’s Largest Companies, by Nat Stoddard and Claire Wyckoff offers a new approach to eliminate the leadership failures that plague so many companies around the world today. The Right Leader introduces the “Match-Fit Model” and explains how it reduces the risks and costs of executive failure by changing the factors that are considered and by taking into account the cultural dynamics at play in any organization.
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Jon Bidwell on Driving Innovation from Within

How a conservative culture gave way to radical innovation from within.

January 8, 2010 / Podcast # 10-02

Jon Bidwell

When Jon Bidwell became the Chubb Group of Insurance Cos.’s first ever new chief innovation officer, his mission was to increase the speed, pace and profitability of Chubb’s products and services, involving a global network of 10,000 employees. Bidwell realized that the best way to generate innovation as quickly as possible was to tap into the company’s 10,000 employees, those who knew from first-hand experience what could make the organization work better. The conservative culture at Chubb gave way to a radical program that tapped into the company’s internal resources, generating thousands of ideas for organizational improvement. Read more…


Peter Firestein on Building Success through Reputation

Reputation matters—now more than ever.

January 1, 2010 / Podcast # 10-01

Peter Firestein

Public opinion in the wake of the financial meltdown has revealed the public’s abiding mistrust of corporations and the executives who run them. Scrutiny from the Internet and 24-hour cable TV offers companies no place to hide; so they must proactively seek the confidence of their shareholders and the public. In today’s economy, reputation is a prime factor in a corporation’s bottom line.

Peter Firestein presents Seven Strategies of Reputation Leadership in his book Crisis of Character, offering a fail-proof way for executives to immunize themselves and their companies against the breakdowns that can happen to even the most prominent organizations. Using real-life examples (from Merck and Citigroup to Hewlett-Packard and Coca-Cola), Crisis of Character presents concrete ways executives can shape the internal corporate culture to support their business interests.
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