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Jon Sappey has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry and is currently the Principal Consultant at INSTEP, a boutique consulting firm for software and technology companies. He excels at helping companies clarify their strategic intent and lead change initiatives in the commercial, operational, and human capital dimensions. Jon began his leadership journey as a teacher and sharpened his skills as the Director of Strategy for Vertex Inc. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and later received his MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is known for his creativity, collaboration, and passion for strategy. ...
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AchieveNEXT, the leading provider of Peer Advisory Networks and Talent Development and Performance Solutions for mid-market leaders, their teams, and enterprises, has released its 2021-2022 Mid-Market Talent Acquisition, Compensation, and Culture Study . The report highlights a significant increase in executive compensation, while also exposing grave challenges and fault lines for midsized companies as they seek to find and keep talent  amid what some are calling ”The Great Resignation.” This report was produced using data from a survey of mid-market executives conducted in August 2021, and outlines current executive compensation; talent acquisition ...
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Mel Gravely is the CEO of TriVersity Construction, a commercial construction company located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mel is also the author of multiple books, including his most recent book, Dear White Friend: The Realities of Race, the Power of Relationships and Our Path to Equity . As an active business and civic leader, Mel previously chaired the board of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of the United Way. He was also a founding board member of the Cincinnati Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI). Mel earned his MBA from Kent State University and his PhD from the Union Institute & University. ...
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What makes a meeting great? Mediocre? Crummy? Why are some offsites inspiring and others enervating? How can leaders and their teams work together to make decisions better — and make better decisions? Bob Frisch, Founder of Strategic Offsites Group, has built his career and his business to explore and answer those questions. Bob has shared his insights in a score of Harvard Business Review articles and now shares them on The Leading Edge. Success is often created by conversations — conversations that lead to decisions and actions. Making those conversations happen is the leader’s job, but not often one in which he or she is particularly skilled. According ...
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In this episode of The Leading Edge , Thomas A. Stewart is joined by Jeff Sonnenfeld, the Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies at the Yale School of Management, to discuss leadership in the corporate ecosystem. Together they talk about the engine of innovation for executives, the generational gap in governance, and the importance of placing value in people and communities for a sustainable future. What can CEOs do to avoid corporate atrophy? Why is it so vital for today’s leaders to participate in critical discussions? Jeff Sonnenfeld talks about this and more as he joins Tom on The Leading Edge — a place where leaders look to find the edge that ...
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AchieveNEXT held a virtual roundtable with a dozen women across industries to discuss how the pandemic disproportionately affected female workers. Then, we talked to their male counterparts to listen to their perspectives. Hear what they have to say, as well as methods to better develop female leaders moving forward. Read the briefing HERE. #DEI #AchieveNEXTSolutions ​​
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Survey of Industry Leaders Reveals a Substantial Gap Between DEI Perception and Performance. PHILADELPHIA, August  12, 2021 – AchieveNEXT, the leading provider of Peer Advisory Networks and Talent Performance Solutions for mid-market leaders, their teams, and enterprises, has released its Wealth & Asset Management Industry DEI Outlook Briefing . The Report reveals a large gap between leaders’ perception of their own progress on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and actual level of performance in the industry..  The report was produced using data captured from our top sixty Wealth and Asset Management firm executives, and was ...
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AchieveNEXT has released its Wealth & Asset Management Industry Briefing:  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Outlook . The report highlights a substantial gap in the wealth and asset management industry between the level of DE&I performance and leaders' perceptions of their own company's progress. Data was pulled from a survey, conducted in spring 2021, of over sixty executives in the industry, and looks at what steps leaders are taking to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace for employees. Some key findings of the report: A large majority say their firms ensure that all employees feel included and supported. However, industry ...
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Is it possible to create a seamless omnichannel brand presence? What are the best strategies for building a brand and ushering in the next era of digital marketing? According to Russell Klein, there can be harmony between physical and digital channels — and this unity can produce the perfect orchestration for a brand and--more than that--a customer experience. Great brands do not emerge overnight; Russ Klein’s experience has taught him that building a brand takes a tremendous amount of time, energy, and intention. What’s more, a brand is more than a logo, more than marketing  — more, even, than positioning: a brand is an environment meant to immerse the customer ...
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Creating and Maintaining your Enterprises Culture in a Hybrid World  written by Milton Corsey The COVID pandemic is over – woops – what about the Delta variant? People can’t wait to return to the office…not so fast my friend, I’ve grown accustomed to working from my kitchen table and I kind of like it, and to top it off there is a talent shortage so if you don’t accommodate your employees’ desires, they have a plethora of options and can take their talents elsewhere. Even with all the above, according to our Mid-Year Sentiment Study , most middle market executives are optimistic about their future. This bright-eyed optimism is tempered somewhat by several ...
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Suneet Bhatt is the President and Board Chair of Boldr, an outsourcing company that provides enterprises with high-quality, custom solutions in customer experience, data management, and sales enablement. With years of experience in business and marketing, he is a seasoned leader who has led companies through all phases of growth and performance. In addition to this, Suneet is the creator of My Authentic Story, where he helps people unearth, frame, and tell their authentic stories. He also founded Dream Village, an organization that uses picture books and the web to help kids explore and address important global issues. Throughout his career, Suneet has helped ...
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Company culture: everyone knows it’s important; everyone knows that a strong culture helps create strong performance and that a passive or toxic culture is enervating or destructive. But when it comes to changing culture — well, as someone said, that can be like trying to nail Jell-o to a wall. How can you identify and change the areas of cultural weakness in your company? In what ways can you measure your organization’s gap between culture and strategy? Jame Cofran knows. He is the CEO of THRUUE, a company that helps clients connect strategic planning to culture change from the start, rather than trying to do “the culture piece” separately. Jame says THRUUE’s ...
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Robyn Bolton, the Founder and Chief Navigator of MileZero, helps executives use innovation to unlock the potential of their organizations, get real results, and create a map for future success. Robyn began her career at Procter & Gamble, where she gained hands-on experience in corporate innovation by leading the North American launch of Swiffer and Swiffer WetJet. At MileZero, Robyn has worked with Medtronic, Ariadne Labs, Teachers Pay Teachers, and more to transform customer insights into viable businesses. She has also assisted organizations including Alexion, Sanofi, and The Cable Center in building their innovation capabilities and cultures. Before ...
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New AchieveNEXT Sentiment Study Reveals Extraordinary Economic Recovery: Growth Is Back and So Are Profits! PHILADELPHIA, July 21, 2021 - AchieveNEXT , the leading provider of Peer Advisory Networks and Talent Development and Performance Solutions for mid-market leaders, their teams, and enterprises, has released its 2021 Mid-Year Update to CFO-CHRO Sentiment Report. The report highlights a significant uptick in economic confidence compared to January 2021 and even more so when juxtaposed against the same period in 2020.  This benchmarking report was produced using data from a survey of mid-market CFOs and CHROs based in the United States, and outlines ...
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AchieveNEXT has released its 2021 Mid-Year Update to CFO-CHRO Sentiment Report . The report highlights a significant uptick in economic confidence compared to January, 2021 and even more so when juxtaposed against the same period in 2020.  Survey analysis details the excitement finance and HR leaders from emerging and mid-market enterprises are feeling as the drop in COVID-19 restrictions and increase in vaccinations accelerate business and economic recovery in the United States and Canada: Confidence in national and regional economies has surged. — and CFOs and CHROs are even more confident in their industries, their markets and their own enterprises. ...
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Eric Guthoff is the Founder of Human Advantage, an advisory firm helping organizations in sports stand out as leaders in people and culture. Human Advantage partners with leagues, teams, sports media organizations, and more to develop solutions that maximize engagement, growth, and performance. Eric is a relationship-driven and growth-minded executive with a proven track record of identifying, launching, and executing opportunities with complex organizations. His past experiences have afforded him opportunities to build strong relationships across sports, entertainment, gaming, and eSports. ...
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How do you put the workplace back together again after the stresses, strains, and experiments of the COVID-19 pandemic? Is it in your company’s best interest to continue with a remote workforce, or are you better off with a return to the office? What can you do to optimize your strategic decisions in the midst of such uncertainty? Professor Larry Inks talks about this and more as he joins Thomas A. Stewart on   The Leading Edge   — a place where new ideas emerge and are sharpened, and where leaders look to find the edge that brings success for themselves, their teams, and their enterprises. Professor Inks proposes that there isn’t a simple solution for every ...
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Mark Audino is an Independent Consultant and Growth Strategist with over 35 years of international experience in marketing, sales, product development, leadership management, and more. Using his expert strategies and tactics, he helps organizations drive top-line growth and outperform financially. Before this, Mark served as the VP and Chief Marketing Officer at Xerox for 26 years. In this role, he launched over 200 products and gained marketing expertise in multiple countries. He also worked as the CMO at McGladrey, where he was responsible for corporate marketing and business development. ...
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The pandemic disrupted the business-as-usual model in many sectors, including mergers and acquisitions. As business leaders are emerging from lockdown, so is the market. If M&A is part of your strategy — as a path to growth or as an exit — how should you adjust your thinking as the economy emerges from the pandemic? Kenneth H. Marks talks about this and more as he joins Thomas A. Stewart on The Leading Edge — a place where new ideas emerge and are sharpened, and where leaders look to find the edge that brings success for themselves, their teams, and their enterprises. According to Kenneth H. Marks, a certified M&A Advisor and co-author of Middle ...
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Martie Cordaro is the President of the Omaha Storm Chasers and Union Omaha. He has been with the Omaha Storm Chasers since 2007 and was recently honored with the George Brett Commitment to ALS Award. Martie was also recognized as the Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year in 2013, the Sarpy County Business Leader of the Year in 2014, and more. Community has consistently been at the forefront of Martie’s daily efforts, and his team has received multiple honors for their community work, including Ballpark Digest’s Charity Team of the Year Award. In 2020, Martie led his team through the pandemic and hosted more than 180 events for Omaha Storm Chaser fans. ...
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