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Breakout Strategies in Tough Times

Entering 2013, we have larger challenges than ever.  Economic slowdowns in Europe and projected softening demand in Asia and elsewhere are forcing CEOs to pursue more challenging growth opportunities.  This is not an option: we grow or we die. For many firms, growth has historically come from new products or innovative extensions to existing products.  […]


Mutual Accountability Magic

While the latest formula or insight sells business books, most business leaders tend to find their own way, then apply and reapply principles that emerge through their experience. James Weaver is a serial CEO who’s led multiple companies out of deep holes back to relevance and profitability. He’s one of those gifted CEO’s who quickly […]


Messaging – the Holy Grail of Marketing

[Guest post contributed by Cathy Martin] Have you ever read a company’s website or marketing collateral, or had a conversation with one of its execs, and come away from the encounter with absolutely no idea what the company does – or why you should care? Me too, all the time. Obviously, the company in question […]


Lead Through Culture

Last week, I attended Austin Business Journal’s CEO awards event with Ed Trevis, CEO of Corvalent. The city’s vibrant entrepreneurial scene wouldn’t exist without talented and dedicated CEOs, and an invited group had gathered to honor Austin’s best and brightest. Brett Hurt, CEO of Bazaarvoice, won the award for large company CEOs. His company recently went […]


Crossing the Second Chasm

Two momentous tipping points threaten most businesses during their lifetime. The first is an external threat that challenges startups, and the second is an internal threat that challenges established, growing businesses. Failing to address either one adequately can result in disaster. In 1991, Geoff Moore introduced a powerful concept in Crossing the Chasm that became […]


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