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Walking the Tightrope
Walking the Tightrope

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There’s no guidebook waiting for CEOs when they reach the top job. Here’s what to know and do going into the C-suite

The CEO transition is a tough one. New CEOs especially face a steep learning curve. There are many things I wish I had known going into my first CEO job. Together with input from two experienced CEOs – Seth Birnbaum, the CEO and co-founder of EverQuote,…
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Management requires policies, procedures, and bureaucracy if entrepreneurs want to grow their companies A Rocket Mortgage/Quicken Loans Super Bowl commercial featured actor and comedian Keegan-Michael Key translating jargon and slang for people. In one…
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Numbers Don't Drive Businesses, People Do

Business is a numbers game: That’s what I would have told you when I started my first business over 25 years ago. As a degreed engineer whose father was a college professor, I was exposed to many mathematical concepts and analytical approaches. I thought…
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Founders "do magic" says Les Trachtman, but may not have the skills or desire to take the company to the next level

Les Trachtman specializes in what he calls being a “second CEO,” replacing founders to help grow and scale companies. In fact, he’s done it six times. As the CEO of The Trachtman Group, he also helps top organizations across the globe successfully…
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Fascinating discussion with Anytime Fitness CEO Chuck Runyon about running a franchise business

Chuck Runyon is the co-founder and CEO of Anytime Fitness, the world’s largest co-ed fitness club franchise. With more than three million members worldwide at 3,700 gyms, the company has more than $1 billion in system-wide revenue. Runyon credits the…
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Boxever CEO on start-up tipping points, the role of HR, going from product pro to CEO & more

Dave O’Flanagan is CEO and Co-founder of Dublin-based Boxever. The company helps airlines such as Emirates, Aer Lingus, and Alitalia along with low-cost carriers like VivaAerobus leverage customer data to offer a more personalized experience for…
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Why hiring fast is in everyone's best interest

When you’ve been around the tech world as long as I have, you know a lot of people. I am often asked to use those connections to help CEOs fill a particular position. I am happy to help with job referrals, and I try to refer only A players. The problem I…
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CGS CEO Phil Friedman on transitioning from having 5 employees to 7,500 all over the world

Phil Friedman is the president and CEO of Computer Generated Solutions (CGS), which enables global enterprises, regional companies, and government agencies to drive breakthrough performance through business applications, enterprise learning, and…
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EverQuote CEO Seth Birnbaum on being an engineer turned CEO & working with millennials

Seth Birnbaum is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder and CEO of EverQuote, the largest online auto insurance marketplace in the U.S. He provided some good advice about transitioning from engineering to the CEO role. His transition included learning…
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Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys: New book by BP3's Lance Gibbs on improving the employee experience

I just finished reading a brand new book by Lance Gibbs, founder and executive chairman of BP3. BP3 is an Austin, Texas-based company that works with clients to provide simplified and improved business process solutions. The book’s title, Not My Circus,…
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