Episode 29: When to Listen to the Experts



Most people are an expert in something. But when you’re a CEO, you can’t be the expert in everything—you must instead call on the experts in your organization to advise you. This week, Joel discusses how to evaluate experts and know what opinions should influence your decisions, especially the high-pressure ones you may be facing right now.

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Episode 28: Management vs. Leadership in High-Pressure Situations



Management and leadership are two tools at the CEO’s disposal—both essential, neither “better” than the other. The best CEOs know the difference and use both tools at the appropriate times. As we forge through the pandemic and its economic fallout, when should the CEO lead and when should the CEO manage? Joel offers his take in this week’s episode.

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Episode 27: Decision Making Under Pressure



Making decisions at the CEO level comes with a lot of pressure at any time, but especially so during a global crisis like the one we are currently living through. This week, we discuss how CEOs can handle uncertainty and emotion and make strong decisions under pressure—even if those decisions are difficult.

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Episode 26: Staying Sane In Times of Crisis



As the CEO, you’re always under a lot of pressure, but it’s especially intense when you’re going through a crucible. How can you make sure you’re taking care of yourself and your family when the business seems to be demanding your full attention every minute?

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Episode 25: Preparing Your Business for a Crisis



Many of us were caught off guard by the current crisis. We will inevitably recover—but what can CEOs do to future-proof the business from the next unexpected disruption? You can’t plan for every contingency—but you can be smart about your preparation.

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Episode 24: Managing Remote Employees



As offices in many cities and states are on lockdown due to the pandemic, some teams are experiencing fully remote work for the first time. This week, Joel discusses the nuances of working from home—and how CEOs and leaders should approach this challenge.

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Episode 23: Leading Through Crisis



As we all know, the world is going through an uncertain and chaotic time—and nearly every CEO is coping with the impact on their business, including its employees, customers, and shareholders. In this episode, Joel Trammell discusses the strategies he’s developed for leading an organization through crisis.

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Episode 22: Who Can I Talk To?



The CEO role might just be the loneliest executive job around. Not only do you have no peers in the organization—you don’t have a traditional boss either. And when you’re CEO, it’s a lot harder to get people to be honest with you. Our question this week is about how CEOs break that bubble of isolation.

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Episode 21: How Can You Tell If an Employee Is Doing a Good Job?



If you manage an assembly line, it’s easy to spot the best performer – it’s the person making the most widgets to spec. But with knowledge work, the CEO has a lot harder time telling who’s succeeding and who’s failing. This week, we talk about strategies for evaluating performance objectively, even if the work product is nebulous or complex.

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Episode 20: What to Expect as a New CEO



Polls of new CEOs show that most are surprised by the demands of the job, and find that they weren’t as prepared as they thought they were. Join Joel and Steve for a discussion about why that is, and how novice CEOs can ready themselves.

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