Banyan Tree on Useppa Island, Phil Fisher

2010 Table of Contents

The Sky is Falling!

The Sky is Falling!

Susan Diehl

It is easy for executive teams to fall into patterns of groupthink. The four disciplines of the PACT model provide a sound decision making process to help business leaders stay focused on making the best possible decision.

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Managing the Business of Education

Managing the Business of Education

Prafulla Pande and Suranjan Shome

Education is a noble profession, but many schools have allowed their wellintentioned idealism to block out the realities of the market. As school administrators face increasing economic challenges, they must learn to run their organizations like the businesses that they are.

Capableism vs. Capitalism

Capableism vs. Capitalism

Dan Sullivan

Capitalism is something people either love or hate; either way, its influence on society cannot be ignored. Yet, capitalism is actually part of something bigger – something which should influence how business executives lead.

Failure, a Great Teacher

Failure, a Great Teacher

Troy Schrock

Much has been written about what makes great organizations successful, but we can learn at least as much from how they fail. A systematic approach to studying failure should be a top priority for all business executives.

Who’s 1st in the Family Business?

Who’s 1st in the Family Business?

David Dudon

The three types of family businesses are defined by the relationship between the family, the CEO, and the management team. Each type has its own way of making decisions, and the consequences (good or bad) are real.

Danger or Opportunity?

Danger or Opportunity?

Ellen Bryson

Danger and opportunity are powerful motivators for change, so why is it so difficult to lead change in crisis situations? A former executive reflects on how nine common pitfalls get in the way.

Hiring to the Core

Hiring to the Core

John Kobasic

Most business leaders understand the importance of core values in their organizations, but how well do you reinforce those core values in your hiring processes? Those who do create a distinct competitive advantage for themselves.

Churchill’s Personal Traits

Churchill’s Personal Traits

Steven F. Hayward

Winston Churchill is widely revered as one of the greatest leaders of the Twentieth Century, if not all time. Who was this man, and how did his personality impact his ability to lead in adversity?

Ready for the Hill

Ready for the Hill

John Anderson

The economic volatility of the last two years is likely to continue for a long time. Going forward, business success will depend on one’s strength in three distinct areas.

Keeping Core Values Alive

Keeping Core Values Alive

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEWS

What can business leaders do to continually reinforce the core values of their organizations, especially in tough economic times? Three CEOs share their experiences on what helps keep core values core.

The New Normal

The New Normal

Troy Schrock and Scott Bahr

It has been a tumultuous decade in the world of business, and many individuals and organizations are anxiously waiting for things to return to normal. They can stop waiting. “Normal” is here.

Artist Profiles

Artist Profiles

Phil Fisher and Brian Laurich

Phil Fisher’s watercolors and oils reveal his fondness for his native Florida. Brian Laurich creates historically accurate sign designs on actual period wood.