Keith R Szewczyk

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Executive Challenges Part 2: What Gets You Up in the Morning?

In General Topics on February 16, 2011 at 11:03 am

by: Keith R. Szewczyk

The morning is my favorite time of the day. I get up at 4:30 AM and lift weights in my home gym. I then meet my oldest daughter (age 9) upstairs in the kitchen for breakfast. This is valuable one-on-one time and is our special time as the others are still sleeping. I proceed to the bedroom to start my quick 30 minute routine of getting ready, and join my wife who is in her last hour of her 2 hour morning routine. I go downstairs kiss the wife and kids, and I am off to work. Every day starts off so perfect.

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Executive Challenges Part 1: What keeps you up at night?

In General Topics on February 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

by: Keith R. Szewczyk

As Executive Leaders we are given the responsibility to drive the success of the company. With this privilege come endless challenges that need direction based on detailed assessments of risk and organizational impacts. Let’s face the facts; the higher up the organization we go the less we hear about the good stuff and the more we must deal with the problems! With these problems comes late nights of thinking.

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Executive Team Building…Not So Easy

In General Topics on February 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm

by: Keith R. Szewczyk

We all know the basis of team building as documented by Bruce Tuckman’s 4 stages to team building Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing. Executive team building follows this same format, however with a lot more variables that are intensified. Executive teams are continuously scrutinized for their decisions by some and praised for the same decisions by others. They are required to lead an organization and deliver profitability by the shareholders. They are given the responsibility to provide to the most critical asset of the organization (the people) a strategic direction, a vision, a healthy environment of growth, a culture and community of trust, and most importantly lead by example. To say the least an executive team at any organization has a lot of pressure and a lot of challenges, where their behaviors and actions are watched by everyone daily.

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