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Episode 9: The Importance of Great Managers



It’s commonly said that employees don’t leave companies—they leave managers. If managers are that crucial to turnover (not to mention many other make-or-break factors of company performance), how should the CEO assess and improve them? Join us as we discuss strategies for improving overall management competency in the organization.

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Episode 8: Ground Rules for the Executive Team Meeting



The weekly meeting of the executive leadership team is a fixture of the CEO’s week. A great meeting can unify everyone around shared priorities. But a bad one? You’ll just waste time and demoralize people. See how the CEO can avoid the common traps—like the dreaded data dump—and make sure everyone at the table gets value from the meeting.

 


Episode 7: Managing Executives



When you become CEO, it’s easy to forget that you’re now the direct manager of your executives and department heads. How do you manage a VP of marketing when you have no experience in marketing? Or a CFO when you have little experience in finance? Joel offers some strategies for being a good boss to your whole executive team.

 


Episode 6: Making Cuts to the Workforce



Talk about a hard topic. This week we discuss what to do when you need to let employees go, whether it’s a small workforce reduction or a large-scale layoff. The organization’s values come through when making these toughest of decisions, and the CEO must own the process and decisions.

Episode 5: Work-Life Integration for the CEO



The CEO is one of those “always on” positions. How can the head of the organization de-stress and find time for reflection? Joel offers his ideas, and talks about how CEOs can integrate their work and personal lives.

Episode 4: Budgeting: Is Discipline or Flexibility Better?



Sticking to the budget is always a good thing—right? Joel explores when budget discipline is good, and when you might need to go over overbudget to pursue opportunities for long-term growth. Like so many aspects of the CEO role, it’s a fine balance.


Episode 3: The Definition of Leadership



In this episode, we dig into the age-old question: “What, exactly, is leadership?” Joel tackles the definition of leadership and shares the three factors that give a CEO influence over the entire organization.


Episode 2: Finding and keeping talent



We all know the cliché “People are our most important asset.” But how can CEOs follow through on this truth? How do you find superstar employees, attract them to the company, and retain them? We talk about some unique tactics for CEOs to create companies where talent can thrive.

 

 


Episode 1 : Taking a company public



In this episode we talk about what is it like to transition from a private-company CEO to public-company CEO? Join us in exploring three of the biggest shifts. We also talk about the recent push to expand public companies’ responsibility to groups beyond shareholders.