The Executive and the Window Washer

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When people ask me what I mean by being an engaged leader, I usually start by telling them a true story that serves as an example. This is one of my favorites: Many years ago I was hired to run the card, travel and travellers checks division of American Express for the UK and Ireland. […]

The Lexmark Story

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Don Gogel, CEO of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice:  “In 1991, CD&R acquired the impact and laser printer business from IBM, which was starting a period of restructuring under then-CEO, John Akers. IBM’s vaunted and well-deserved reputation was established through its extraordinary mainframe technology. IBM product development teams operated with great discipline. For example, because the […]

The Key Lime Pie story

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Andrew Florance, CEO of CoStar: “One of the companies we acquired was holding one of their annual events–a conference for their biggest customers which included a very nice dinner. In the middle of this dinner, the person responsible for running the conference came up to me and, looking frantic, informed me there was an emergency. […]

Welcome

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Over the course of my career, I’ve had the good fortune to be exposed to a very wide range of business situations. I’ve led companies both big and small, in growth mode and in turn-around situations, public companies and those owned by private equity sponsors. I have also had to opportunity to advise those who […]