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Mike Harden

Mike Harden has developed exceptional depth and breadth of knowledge over his 40+ year career as an entrepreneur, executive, teacher, mentor, and coach. Today, as one of DC’s premier Executive Coaches, Mike helps good executives become great leaders. Find Mike on Google+

It’s Not What You Do, But How You Do It

Mike Harden | | Listen To Mike

CEOs make a lot of decisions, announce them, and then expect everyone to be on board and execute flawlessly. If only it were that simple. We often find our decisions are not implemented properly, flawlessly, or on time, and we can’t figure out why. Sometimes, it’s because we are too low-key. CEOs need to start […]

4 Tips For Attracting Top Talent

Mike Harden | | Operating with Vision

Successful companies populate their teams with A-players. To do otherwise is a disservice to the company and its stakeholders. Unfortunately, most A-players aren’t actively seeking new employment. They are probably well compensated and content in their current positions – which is why it’s difficult to find them. The role of the CEO is to effectively […]

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The Value of Conflicting Opinions on a Corporate Advisory Board

Mike Harden | | Thinking Strategically

When President Lincoln was choosing his Cabinet, he turned to his three fiercest Republican rivals – people against whom he’d run! – and top Democrats. Lincoln virtually assured that every meeting would erupt in conflict. And that’s exactly what he wanted. Author Doris Kearns Goodwin writes, “His Cabinet sessions were fiery affairs, but they provided […]

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The Three Keys To Success for Great CEOs

Mike Harden | | Operating with Vision

Ever wonder why some CEOs succeed so easily while others seem to struggle just to keep their company going? The answer is simpler than you think. Really great CEOs focus their efforts on three key factors: Clarity, Accountability, and KPIs. Clarity is one of the most violated principles of running an organization. People in an organization […]

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Never Mess With An Employee’s Pay

Mike Harden | | Building Relationships, Resolving Employee Problems, Thinking Strategically

Why do people wake up in the morning, fix their coffee, and go to their jobs? Maybe they’re passionate about their work; maybe they believe in what they’re doing; maybe they’re learning and developing before moving on to new opportunities. But likely, they have to pay their mortgage, put their kids through college, and save […]