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CEOs are responsible for developing and driving strategy; ironically, they have little time to actually spend thinking strategically. This is a vital skill that touches every aspect of an organization, from employee performance and retention to best practices, profitability, and corporate culture.

When every decision has an impact on the whole, CEOs need the tools and capacity to think strategically and act with clarity and purpose.

The Number One Political Trend Affecting Small Business Today

Mike Harden | | Listen To Mike, Thinking Strategically

Honeywell, Johnson&Johnson, Boeing, HP, Wells Fargo, CitiGroup, Bank of America, and other corporations each employ hundreds of thousands of employees. But they are not the largest employers of American workers. The grocery stores, dry cleaners, mechanics shops, salons, and other small businesses peppering your neighborhood are. The 23 million small businesses in the US are the […]

My Top 7 MUST READS for CEOs

Mike Harden | | Thinking Strategically

I am often asked what books I recommend for CEOs and executives who aspire to become CEOs. There are so many to choose from. Over 250,000 business books are in print. Laid on top of each other, that’s nearly four miles high. Obviously, narrowing it down to a select few is no easy task.  However, […]

Are Best Practices Harming You?

Mike Harden | | Thinking Strategically

Almost every CEO I coach tells me how they are following best practices for their industry. That’s great! Every company should be following best practices, but that doesn’t get you ahead. Think about this for a minute: if all of your competitors are following best practices for your industry, then everyone is doing the same […]

Are You Encouraging Insanity In Your Company?

Mike Harden | | Making Unpopular Decisions, Operating with Vision, Resolving Conflict, Thinking Strategically

Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. But in business, insanity goes a step further. In business, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results, and then making it a standard operating procedure for everyone to follow. One of the easiest […]

Do You Trust Your Intuition?

Mike Harden | | Thinking Strategically

How many times have you “felt” like you were making the wrong decision, but did so anyway? That’s probably because your intuition was telling you that this was the wrong thing to do. But you ignored that feeling because you are a rational person, and you make your judgments based on facts, not feelings. All the facts […]