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Visionaries and Integrators: Are You Playing Nice in the Sandbox?
Posted by Adam Kaplan on Apr 4, 2019 7:10:00 AM

5 Signs You Are Ready to Hire an Integrator

Are you the CEO of a small to medium-sized business who has been wearing too many hats? Are you frustrated by the demands on your time which prevent you from doing what you enjoy – bringing in business?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Mar 12, 2019 8:16:00 AM

When Should Your Cannabis Business Hire a Chief Operating Officer?

The legal marijuana industry continues to expand, with some estimates projecting a worldwide market worth over $146 billion by the year 2025. If yours is one of the many companies to enter the booming cannabis trade in recent years, chances are good that you are experiencing a bit more than the typical startup growing pains. For many recent entries to the “cannabusiness” world, a question that inevitably arises is, is it time to hire a COO for my cannabis company?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Mar 5, 2019 12:59:37 PM

Why Introverted COOs Make Great Leaders

Are you the CEO of a small to medium-sized business who is ready to hire a Chief Operations Officer (COO)?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Feb 18, 2019 4:56:54 PM

Visionaries: Tips for Finding Your Integrator Match

Are you a Visionary (CEO) who is ready to find your second-in-command, Integrator (COO) match?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Feb 8, 2019 9:11:01 AM

Bill Belichick: America’s Top COO

The New England Patriots have just won another Super Bowl. Their success under Coach Bill Belichick over two decades has been mind-boggling. The storied franchise has enjoyed 18 straight winning seasons, 15 out of the last 16 division titles, six wins out of nine Super Bowl appearances.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Feb 4, 2019 4:36:00 PM

COOs: Tips on Creating Meaningful Work for Your Team

Do you know if your employees are finding meaning from their work?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Jan 16, 2019 8:28:00 AM

Three Business Drivers that Compel a CEO to Hire a COO

Do you belong to a company that is experiencing accelerated growth? Has your organization recently been restructured? Alternatively, is your business dealing with changes in leadership and preoccupied with succession planning?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Jan 8, 2019 12:14:39 PM

CEOs: What's Missing to Move Forward [Podcast]

In this episode of Operationally Speaking, Sergiu Simmel of Get Business Momentum interviews our CEO, Adam Kaplan on the topic of the relationship between the CEO and the COO.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Sep 18, 2018 8:41:53 AM

10 Must-Follow Blogs for Every Lower Middle Market Business Owner

As an owner of a growing small business, being in the “know” is crucial to running a successful company.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Jun 12, 2018 8:24:00 AM

What to Consider When Hiring an Executive Search Firm [Checklist Included]

Your company is considering engaging with an executive search firm to help you find your next COO (Chief Operating Officer).  With so many firms from which to choose, how do you find the one that will best serve your needs?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on May 10, 2018 10:35:03 AM

Lonely at Work

Employee burnout has been on many organizations’ radar screen for quite some time, but it’s often focused on the individual’s workload or stress level. A recent article suggests that this burnout may result from workplace loneliness, and that the answer may lie not only in improving each individual work situation, but also in building stronger connections among team members.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Jul 14, 2017 8:55:41 AM

Amazon Leadership Principle 2: Employee Ownership

What does it really mean for employees to demonstrate ownership? Taking care of every detail? Stepping up to take blame and correct mistakes?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Jul 6, 2017 10:28:35 AM

Amazon Leadership Principle 1: Customer Obsession

Amazon’s many financial and corporate accomplishments are almost too numerous to mention.  A market cap twice its largest competitor – retail behemoth Walmart.  33% market share in all of eCommerce.  Almost $150B in annual sales.  Nearly $20B in operating cash flow.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on May 22, 2017 11:23:30 AM

Vulnerability is Sexy

When was the last time you felt truly vulnerable at work?  Are you a CEO who feels comfortable using the words “I don’t know” with your leadership team members?  Have you shared some of your fears with them?  Have you allowed yourself to be human?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on May 21, 2017 1:58:06 PM

Artificial Intelligence: Coming to a Business Near You!

I recently read an interesting article in Talent Economy magazine about how Artificial Intelligence is being used to reduce/ get rid of mundane administrative tasks that often fall on HR personnel. There are two areas where AI will make a big impact on HR in the future – Recruiting and Employee Benefits. 

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Apr 26, 2017 11:59:38 PM

When Do You Need to Hire a COO?

After reading a blog post by Dale Robinette (thanks Dale!), we realized that we gave our readers advice on how to hire a new Chief Operating Officer, but gave no advice on when it is time for your company to find a new one.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Apr 20, 2017 11:48:00 AM

Toxic Culture

Uber has been in the news a lot lately and F@st Company even wrote an great article on the fact that their problems are a result of their dysfunctional company culture. A Bain & Company survey of 365 companies around the world said that 81% believe that a company lacking a high-performance culture is doomed to mediocrity. Are you set up for success or mediocrity?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Mar 17, 2017 4:28:45 PM

Bring a Little More Happy Into Your Life

Recently, I watched a documentary called “Happy” on Netflix. First, I really enjoyed it and do recommend it, but I wanted to share some important life lessons highlighted in the documentary.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Mar 16, 2017 12:54:00 PM

What is one Meeting you Can't Reschedule?

As Chief Executive Officers, you attend a lot of meetings. Sometimes it can feel as if you attend too many. As a result, some meetings must be rescheduled because of time constraints.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Mar 14, 2017 12:57:00 PM

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