Achieving Success as CEO

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You have to work harder than ever before to meet the demands of your role as CEO. Mounting stacks of paper greet you every morning; competing priorities attend unending meetings with you; personnel issues line up outside your door; competitors wait for you to fail. It can seem like there is no room for success.

Mike Harden helps crowd out doubt, banish uncertainty, and make room for growth and achievement. Drawing on decades of executive experience, Mike has developed this resource to share his advice, best practices, and tips for achieving success as a CEO.

Who’s Responsible When Someone Feels “Left Out” At Work?

Mike Harden | | Building Relationships, Resolving Employee Problems

According to a recent feature at, sixty-four percent of American employees report that they have been excluded from decisions, projects, and work activities by their supervisors or management teams.* Not surprisingly, the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) finds that this behavior is far more prevalent in organizations with a “weak” ethical culture and low levels […]

Why Coaching Can Help Women Reach the Top

Mike Harden | | Building Relationships, Operating with Vision, Solving Problems

For every Ursula Burns, Indra Nooyi, Rosalind Brewer, and Mary Erdoes who makes it to the top of the corporate ladder, there are thousands of women struggling with the climb. In some corporate environments, women still carry the weight of traditional expectations, contradictions, and stereotypes. Executive coaching can be a valuable support system for some […]

Mike Harden’s White Paper: Understanding the Free Market System

Mike Harden | | Operating with Vision, Thinking Strategically

No one should ever doubt that the free market system is a wonderful mechanism that creates wealth, jobs, and goods. It is not some artificial device created by a smoke-filled room full of devious bankers. Instead, it developed and evolved naturally over thousands of years through the incessant desire of human beings to seek personal […]

What Are The Top Five Culture Breakers In An Organization

Mike Harden | | Building Relationships, Listen To Mike, Resolving Employee Problems

Apple and Google surpassed Microsoft. Why? Microsoft didn’t necessarily lack knowledgeable staff or technological capability: Microsoft invented the first tablet a decade ago. They brought sci-fi to life: OmniTouch, Gaze Control, muscle-controlled computers. It’s mind-boggling. Equally intriguing is why, with this level of creativity and invention, the company stagnates. Blame culture. Infighting, “stack ranking,” fiefdoms, […]

What Are The Top Five Culture Builders In An Organization?

Mike Harden | | Listen To Mike, Operating with Vision, Resolving Employee Problems

How does the US Army persuade Rangers to endure the hottest, coldest, wettest or driest conditions on earth? How do they convince them to tolerate hours of inactivity interlaced with minutes of heart-racing action; or to sacrifice time with their families? And how do they get them to feel honored to do so? It’s not […]