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President Not Alone in Cavalier Approach to Protecting the Digital Crown Jewels

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Crass Executive Spending Puts Leading Veterans Charity under a Cloud

As obvious as it seems, abusing an expense account with lavish personal spending is one of the most common ways a CEO can get into trouble. Being an executive comes with reasonable perks that are necessary and helpful to doing the job. But some people get carried away and forget that these funds are not for their personal use and enjoyment. Continue reading






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Office Romances Doubly Dangerous for CEOs

It seems we can’t go for more than a few months without a CEO’s romantic entanglements getting him into trouble. The latest victim, if you can call him that, is former Stryker Corp. CEO Stephen P. MacMillan, who was recently … Continue reading

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What to do when your successful business unit is sold

Success is sometimes rewarded in strange ways, such as when a company sells off a highly profitable business unit in order to raise cash (as Nestle did when it bought Cadbury and as Barnes & Noble is considering doing with … Continue reading

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What’s the Best Way to Take People With You to a New Company?

I’ve devoted a couple of blogs (here and here) to what things executives should and should not take with them when they change employers. Simply playing that part right can help avoid litigation with former employers. Where it gets really … Continue reading

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Mandatory Retirement Age Policies Not so Mandatory

Two recent high-profile executive retirements, both citing the companies’ mandatory retirement age policies, raise the question “how can mandatory retirement age policies be legal?” The truth is, most of them aren’t. Neither IBM CEO Sam Palmisano nor Freddie Mac Chairman … Continue reading

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Changing Jobs? Here’s What Not to Take With You

In my last blog, I discussed what executives should take with them when they’re leaving their company. In this blog, we’ll go over something just as important: what they shouldn’t take with them. The short answer is, besides the employment … Continue reading

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Executives Should Proceed With Caution When Changing Jobs

One of the biggest, and most likely, legal headaches highly placed executives can give themselves involves their actions just before and just after leaving one company and joining another. An executive’s actions during this time are critical to avoid getting … Continue reading

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Executive Deposition Tips, Part 7: Practice Makes Perfect

The most important step in preparing for a deposition is a full-blown cross examination dress rehearsal—minus opposing counsel, of course. After I’ve coached my client on all the do’s and don’ts of depositions (click here to see previous Executive Deposition … Continue reading

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Executive Deposition Tips, Part 6: Lose the Ego

Executives face several perils in a deposition, but perhaps none more perilous than their own egos. Few executives got where they are by being shy, retiring types. They probably achieved success the old fashioned way: by being disciplined, demanding, type … Continue reading

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