the ceo magazine, business management
Greg Matter, Vice President, JLL

At this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival, the shortening of product life-cycles, funding and recruitment were identified as some of the top challenges facing tech firms and start-ups. Although the terminology may differ, these challenges are universal across industries: developing a constant stream of innovative products that provide a competitive advantage; recruiting top talent to keep the innovation pipeline full; and leveraging incremental capital to enhance these activities.

Business Strategy, Leadership, Customer Satisfaction, Customer Loyalty, Customer Affinity, Employee Performance, Growth, Business Growth, Entrepreneur, Leadership Attributes

One of the most impactful areas to create a radical shift in business growth and results is to be able to distinguish between what you are doing” each day (i.e., work deliverables) and who you are being as a leader.   All businesses are results oriented, but what is it that makes one business more successful than another in a similar market? How is it that one company can cultivate more clients, more revenue, and attract more talent to their company? 

Within an organization, there is an energy flow.   I refer to it as the “Infinite Possibilities Cycle.”

It’s that time of year. Requests are pouring in to my company to sponsor golf outings, make charitable donations, buy gala tickets and attend award luncheons. I don’t know about other business owners but it seems like I could be at an event every day. I also notice that I keep running into the same people at these events. It made me stop and think. If you own a business you are a target because everyone assumes that you have the means to help. These requests for support are generally from very worthy organizations but you simply can’t support all of them.

the ceo magazine, small business
Richard L. Weinberger, PhD, CPA

As the CEO of an organization, you spend a great deal of your time deciding what future changes will be most beneficial for your company. When contemplating these major decisions, what's your initial starting point? One effective tool is a SWOT analysis, which highlights the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that exist within a company. Gaining a comprehensive overview of your company using this management tool can uncover surprising and valuable information that will help you plan for the future.

the ceo magazine, leadership

Any discussion of motivation should begin with an analysis of people who have shown great application of it. Arguably, those whom Fortune ranks among the wealthiest in the world might make the list, especially if money were the only criteria for measuring motivation. It’s not, but it does provide a way of looking at the score after the game. It offers no clues about what got the person on the list in the first place, however.

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