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Executives Who Resort to Fear, Intimidation Can Lose Support at All Levels

Watching the news, it’s hard not to notice a lot of executives losing the support of their companies’ boards of directors. The travails of recently resigned Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn come to mind, but there are others. What usually precedes … 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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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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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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Executive Deposition Tips, Part 5: Ambiguities and Ventriloquism

When I’m preparing an executive for a deposition, I have to remind him or her that even though the deposition may be held in a run-of-the-mill conference room, it may as well be in a courtroom because what’s said there … Continue reading

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Executive Depositions Tips, Part 1: Answer the Question

When I’m preparing my executive clients for a deposition, I turn on the recorder and ask them the following question: “Do you know what time it is?” The recorder is crucial in this exercise because the client—used to normal human … Continue reading

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Business Continuity vs. Employee Safety: An Easy Call

Goldman Sachs took some heat recently when it was reported that top-level executives told the company’s Japan-based employees not to leave the country, despite their concerns about radiation leaking from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. I should say, for … Continue reading

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NFL mediation not what you may be thinking

The NFL owners and players union head back into mediation tomorrow (Tuesday March 1), less than 72 hours before the collective bargaining agreement expires. Drastic measures could follow. Mediation is a good first step, and it’s swell that the mediator said there … Continue reading

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Sexual Harassment Lessons from Al Capone

High-profile executives on the wrong end of a sexual harassment complaint have something in common with mobster Al Capone, whose undoing had little to do with his occupation. Like Capone, who ended up in the big house for tax evasion … Continue reading

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