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Posts by Thought Leaders and Business Leaders who are not our regular bloggers but have valuable insights and personal stories to share with our readers.

the ceo magazine, workplace,
Rob Wilson, President, Employco USA

Autism rates have dramatically increased in recent years. However, while schools and community service programs have readily responded to what is being called “the autism epidemic,” employers are still lagging behind when it comes to meeting the needs of employees with ASD.

According to a study led by research scientist Anne Roux of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute in Philadelphia, 40 percent of young adults who are on the autism spectrum struggle to find employment. This is not just a crisis for those who are luckless in their job search, but it is a misfortune for companies as well.

the ceo magazine, leadership tips,
Shayne Hughes & Brandon Black, Authors, Ego Free Leadership

A workplace without politics is as mythical as a unicorn. But when those politics undermine company morale, it’s time to take a closer look—before they cut into the bottom line.

Brandon Black was grappling with an all-too-familiar scenario in his then workplace. The erstwhile CEO of Encore Capital was struggling to grow the company given the challenging industry conditions. It didn’t help that a number of Encore’s leaders were locking horns with each other over a range of issues. Brandon himself was butting heads with one of his key executives, Dave.

No matter how hard they tried, Brandon and Dave couldn’t seem to communicate effectively with each other. To a bystander, their bickering would have recalled a married couple caught in a downward spiral—you know, conversations going nowhere, with each assuming the other was the problem, and that their communication would improve if only the other changed their behavior.

the ceo magazine, company acquisition,
Darold Parken, CEO, DeepMarkit

A frequently overlooked, but often key factor to a successful acquisition lies in a balance sheet item that doesn’t even exist prior to the acquisition – goodwill. The difference between the purchase price and the book value of a company, goodwill is actually created and recognized through the accounting process following an acquisition, and reflects the premium paid for what I consider to be the “personality” of the company.

the ceo magazine, manage fear,
Andy Molinsky, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Brandeis International Business School

“Very few people, whether you’ve been in that job before or not, get into the seat and believe today that they are now qualified to be the CEO. They’re not going to tell you that, but it’s true.”

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks

In 2014 Roger Jones, chief executive of Vantage Hill Partners, a London-based consulting firm, did a fascinating study of the things that CEO’s fear the most.  You may think you could quite easily predict the results: a failing economy… foreign competition… the price of labor… but as it turns out, their biggest fear was something far more personal and insidious:  it was the fear of failing – and, to be even more specific, the fear of being viewed as a fake or a fraud.

the ceo magazine, corporate mission,
Larry Kendall, Author, Ninja Selling

“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, 
before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon 
and returning him safely to the earth.”

President John F. Kennedy, Man on the Moon Speech
Joint Session of Congress May 25, 1961

President Kennedy’s “We choose to go to the moon” speech is often cited as a classic vision statement – bold, inspirational, measurable.  What is not often cited is that several days later, scientists pointed out to the President that the technology to go to the moon did not exist.  Kennedy is reported to have said, “The vision comes first.  The ‘how to’ will follow.”

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