Private Equity: A CEO Insider View

Much has been written about private equity over the years from executive recruiters to consultants. Many have pontificated on what makes private equity acquisitions successful and what dynamics of private equity create value. Many have discussed the elements of the private equity model, the role of the CEO, and the pro’s and con’s of private […]

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Fundamentals of strategy – focused methodology for maximum advantage

It occurs to me that we make strategy formulation more difficult than necessary. Many consultants assist companies in their quest to build strategy with detailed and complex systems, questions and processes. They use models, disciplines and techniques that appear to be constructive but, in the end, seem overly detailed, require extreme intervention and often arrive […]

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High Performance Under Extreme Pressure

How to simultaneously maintain personal energy and leadership effectiveness As a CEO, I am often asked two questions: What is the secret to strong performance? How do you maintain strong performance under extreme pressure? They’re both toughies. As the boss, I sometimes find myself exhausted juggling the responsibilities of a global organization while ensuring that […]

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Spotlight Shines on Risks of Natural Sugar

“Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are.” —Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin If you’ve watched or read the news in the last few weeks, you know the war against obesity has intensified.    Media outlets from Newsweek to “60 Minutes” have featured segments focusing on the dangers associated with obesity and our intake […]

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Traits of a Transformational CEO

The word transformation has joined our everyday business jargon.  True transformation creates a sudden and significant advance, a noteworthy achievement that signals further progress. If we contrast this to a transaction – the transmission and processing of something – we start to discern a very large distinction between transformation and transaction. We also spy a […]

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Supporting the Troops

I was appalled at recent comments by an official of a veterans’ services group in San Diego said about the marketability of young war veterans in a recent New York Times article.  “I’m not necessarily convinced that they have great marketable skills.  If you train someone to be a sniper, those are not necessarily skills […]

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Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center’s Leadership Award

I was honored recently with the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center’s Leadership Award on behalf of Merisant’s work to combat and raise awareness of diabetes. I am humbled and appreciative to my 450+ colleagues at Merisant who serve as an army dedicated to helping diabetics enjoy sweet tastes without worrying about the problems associated with sugar.  I […]

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Lessons from the School Playground

As a parent of four children who recently migrated to a new grade school environment, I have gleaned some things from their transition.  Let’s call them Lessons from the School Playground, and they pertain to business leadership.  Specifically, I have detected several very specific policies and actions that work, and some that don’t. First, I […]

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How to hire the best talent: Look for people who can produce extraordinary team results

When I first earned the privilege to hire, I was told that a candidate’s past performance was a critical indicator of future performance. I also was advised that the applicant with the best and highest level of education always proved the best choice. If that aspirant also was polite, articulate and professional, then the perfect […]

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Employ Breakthrough Thinking for Extraordinary Results

Steve Jobs’ medical leave from Apple got me thinking once again about his remarkable ability to produce breakthrough thinking. And how his talent invariably generates pioneering products that deliver extraordinary results. Mr. Jobs may be blessed with such a gift, but you also can employ breakthrough thinking to develop rewarding insights for your organization. You […]

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