The Next Generation of CEOs: 10 CEO Ready Leaders

Disclosure: My company, N2Growth has worked with many of the organizations represented on this list. Lots of executives aspire to become a CEO, but few actually possess the leadership chops to pull it off. As someone who earns their living as a leadership advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs, I always keep a sharp eye peeled for up and coming leaders. The 10 leaders profiled below represent different…

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Should CEOs Have Term Limits?

I have read some interesting articles and blog posts of late on the subject of CEO term limits, and felt this topic worthy of discussion. You should know from the outset that I fundamentally disagree with the concept of CEO term limits, and quite frankly I cannot really come up with a valid reason for supporting such a regressive concept. Any such argument in my opinion is rooted either in flawed…

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Questions and Team Building for CEOs

An army of one isn't really much of an army is it? And I can assure you that any CEO who views him or herself as an army of one will fail. Whether you like it or not, your success as a CEO will be largely tied to your team building ability. Not only do great CEOs understand how to recruit a top executive team, but they also understand how to build cohesion among team members through collaboration…

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What All Great Leaders Have In Common

All great leaders have one thing in common: They read voraciously. Did you know that the average American only reads one book a year? Worse than this is the fact that 60% of average Americans only get through the first chapter. Contrast this with the fact that CEOs of Fortune 500 companies read an average of four to five books a month. Even more impressive is that some of the most successful…

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The Counter-Intuitive CEO

Great CEOs are counter-intuitive. They don't subscribe to herd mentality, rather they use their contrarian instincts to exploit opportunities, to create advantage, to build strong leadership teams, to expand market share, and to increase brand equity. A global recession is nothing more than an excuse for poor leaders to assign blame for weak performance elsewhere. The counter-intuitive CEO…

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CEO Resources

Happy New Year! I just returned from my first extended blogging vacation since 2006, and after taking the last 10 days to recharge my batteries I can earnestly state that I'm glad to be back. In my first post I thought I'd offer you a New's Year's gift by providing a list of some of my favorite links. You can bookmark this post, and by adding this page to your favorites you will have a single…

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How To Become A Great CEO

What does it take to become a great CEO? Much more than it did even 5 years ago to be sure. The rapidly changing global landscape and the evolving complexity of business makes the job of CEO something that is only well suited for a rare few. For these reasons sustainable success at the C-suite level is an elusive thing in today's business world. With the average tenure of a CEO being less than 5…

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