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The Power of Stretch in Executing Strategy
Business, Management, Tara Rethore
The Power of Stretch in Executing Strategy
4 April 2013

Six months ago, I walked into a meeting of our elementary school Parent Teacher Association (PTA) with a dream, a challenge, and a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG). We knew that environmentally-based education improves scores on standardized tests and develops critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills – all key to success in the 21st century. So, we envisioned bringing the outdoors into our classroom – by taking our classroom outdoors. Read more…

5 Strategy Lessons from CEOs – Good Strategy from Start-up to Sustaining by @TRethore
Business, Entrepreneurship, Tara Rethore
5 Strategy Lessons from CEOs - Good Strategy from Start-up to Sustaining by @TRethore
23 January 2013

Blackboard, Inc. sprang onto the scene to become a well-recognized giant in education technology, seemingly overnight. Accused of steadily gobbling up its competitors, Blackboard – and its self-effacing CEO, Michael Chasen – instead doggedly pursued an idea to become InformationWeek 500’s Top Technology Innovator in 2010. Read more…

Recession Hell Becoming Recovery Fatigue? Answer with Strategy (by @TRethore)
Business, Leadership, Management
Recession Hell Becoming Recovery Fatigue? Answer with Strategy (by @TRethore)
31 October 2012

In 2009, economists from the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the US recession had ended in June – meaning that’s when the US economy bottomed out and began moving forward again. Yet today, in 2012, we continue to experience a roller coaster ride of positive and negative economic statistics. Consumer spending continues to stagnate amid high unemployment and business activity shrank in September for the first time since 2009. Read more…

Go fly a kite! Strategy lessons for CEOs by Tara Rethore (@TRethore)
Business, Leadership, Tara Rethore
Go fly a kite! Strategy lessons for CEOs by Tara Rethore (@TRethore)
19 September 2012

Kite flying is a fabulous summer activity, particularly at the beach. The wind scoops it up and few trees, buildings, or power lines interfere with its flight. In business, we rarely have the opportunity to pursue our strategies unfettered. Read more…

Stuck in a Rut? Reframe the Question and get Back on Track
Leadership, Management, Tara Rethore
Stuck in a Rut? Reframe the Question and get Back on Track
13 September 2011

A battle is underway. The politicians are jockeying for position and an amorphous blob (AKA, “The Staff”) is creating options that will impact the daily lives of many. To be fair, they’ve got a difficult challenge that can no longer be ignored or delayed. Read more…

What CEOs can Learn from Dancing with the Stars
Leadership, Tara Rethore, Women In Business
What CEOs can Learn from Dancing with the Stars
27 May 2011

So now you know: I watch Dancing with the Stars. And while I’m not obsessive, it’s fair to say that I’ve watched some part of every season since its debut in the summer of 2005. Now in its 12th season, Dancing with the Stars is a regular fixture in the TV lineup and among Twitter fans (#DWTS or @ABC_DWTS). Read more…

6 Leadership Qualities that Set LivingSocial’s CEO Apart from the Rest
Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Tara Rethore
6 Leadership Qualities that Set LivingSocial's CEO Apart from the Rest
21 April 2011

Entrepreneurs who make big, public splashes quickly, get press, attention, and accolades. Yet the reality of small business and entrepreneurship is that many of these ventures don’t yield splashy results. Most business owners we know experience more measured growth, with plenty of learning opportunities along the way. Read more…

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