A teenage art prodigy propelled onto the international media stage needed help unveiling a national peace monument to John Lennon, which held natural international acclaim.
A newly appointed CEO of an international financial firm had a lot to prove to his board and his company. His youth had overshadowed his intellect and his leadership abilities.
Corporate presentations are often filled with overwhelming amounts of content because in order for many to prove they've done their due diligence, they believe more is more.
You might expect that the CFO and Vice Chairman of a successful Fortune 500 company to naturally speak with memorable impact, but it’s rarely the case.
The president of a national industry organization needed to prepare for a speaking tour at high-profile industry events.
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In hindsight, the bedazzled briefcases signaled the debacle ahead. Let's set aside the Best Picture envelope nestled inside that caused the ruckus. The topsy-turvy spectacle was triggered by these black attachès—adorned with the golden logos of the Oscars and PriceWaterhouseCooper. These swag-clad beauties were designed to draw attention to the power couple as the accounting partners sashayed down the red carpet. And therein lies the root cause of the problem. When your accountant walks the runway, leaders should run the other direction.
The CEO firing was direct and dismissive. Barnes & Noble didn't stick to the bland yet reliable “we’re moving in a different direction” script when it booted Chief Executive Officer Ron Boire. They didn’t give him a gentle heave-ho with the old standby “he’s stepping down to pursue different opportunities” tale. Instead, Barnes & Noble whacked their CEO in bold fashion. The core issue is trust. And trust is an endless dance.