Episode 15: The Value of Predictability



Almost every time a CEO gets fired, it’s because of a failure of predictability: The CEO told the board the organization could get something done, and then it didn’t happen. Joel discusses how to get better at prediction—and teach your employees to do the same.

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Episode 14: Is CEO Pay Out of Control?



It’s a complex topic, and one often oversimplified by the media. What is the current state of CEO compensation? Is it something we should be concerned with? How does it differ across company size, pay type, and so forth? We discuss all that and more.

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Episode 13: A Strategic Approach to Employee Compensation



Pay is one of the least effective levers for motivating employees. On the other hand, if you don’t get compensation right, you can demotivate employees considerably. Joel presents a strategic approach that takes the bias and emotion out of setting employee pay levels.

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


Episode 12: Core Values: What Makes You Unique?



Every organization has implicit values, whether they’re posted on the walls of the office or not. But too often, the stated values are vague aspirations that apply to every organization. Learn how to pinpoint your organization’s values and express them in a way that reflect your unique strategy.

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Episode 11: Leadership vs. Management



Business thinkers often draw a distinction between the tasks of managing and leading. Joel explains why we often devalue one at the expense of the other and makes a case that the effective CEO must understand and master both.

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Episode 10: Fixing Performance Management



Traditional performance management—ratings, reviews, appraisals, etc.—is broken. The cycles are too long, and the data is often irrelevant. Joel discusses how to optimize performance management, realigning it with the fundamentals of the business.

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


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.