The UC 060: Bribes or Threats? Which Gets Results?

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    The key to productivity is to have a meaningful and optimal incentive system. Fear is unfortunately a powerful motivator so it might be tempting to try and change behavior through punitive measures for poor performance or bad behavior. But it is a short term play. You will lose talent. On the other hand, a positive incentive, bonus or “bribe,” can also be powerful for those who are ambitious and motivated. But overly generous bribes can quickly turn someone entitled. So what … [Read more...]

The UC 059: Is the Founder the Best CEO for the Company? Guest Todd Uterstaedt

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The Pros and Cons of Being a Founder and CEO Introduction of Show Topic: Special Guest From Founder to CEO Todd Uterstaedt Is the founder of a company the best choice to be the CEO? When should you ask this question? Who do you ask? Join the discussion as Alison Gerlach, The Unapologetic Capitalist, and Todd Uterstaedt, host of From Founder to CEO, contemplate this essential leadership topic as to who is the best CEO to build the most long term value in the venture. Introduction of … [Read more...]

The UC 057: Unconscious Bias: Can You Overcome Yours?

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Bias, whether unconscious or not, can unwittingly keep us from recognizing great opportunities. Your bias can destroy potentially significant long term value. It is VERY important to recognize and understand your biases so that you can overcome them and be a productive and value generating leader. Often times the greatest impediment to success is ourselves, and we don’t even know it. What is unconscious bias? Biasis a prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared … [Read more...]

TheUC 056: Like it or Not, Fear Sells…Are You Buying?

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I’ve long since preached that it is the insecure and truly deplorable leaders who have to lead by fear. It means that they don’t have anything of substance to offer so they have to make you fearful so you will look to them to save them from the very things they are telling you to be afraid of. The reality is that these leaders who are so horrible at their jobs that they have to resort to leading by fear, are themselves the most fearful of all. And the greatest fear of all is the truth. Brief … [Read more...]