LEARN TO THINK & ACT LIKE A CEO Have you ever thought to yourself: “Business is good, but am I doing the right things?” Do you feel you shouldn’t or can’t talk to your team members about critical decisions? They are subordinates and you need to keep that “separation.” Your spouse and a good friend are great people, but they truly do not understand the issues you face. Have you felt as though you are meant to achieve more, and you just need that something extra? What would it mean to have answers to questions like: • How do I increase revenues and profits? • How can I Drive change? • How do I hire great people? • How can I motivate people, get more from my team…and myself? • How can I create Raving Fans for customers? I want people to buy from me vs. my competition! • How can I build a sustainable business? • I need more time and fewer distractions! LEARN TO THINK delivers these answers and more. It is about establishing a strong Purpose; Leadership; Change management; better Communication skills; establishing your personal brand; being profitable; increasing revenues, and more. Soft skills that CEOs like Jack Welch know are the vital elements for a success-oriented business. "Am I doing the things it takes to be successful?" "What can I learn from other successful executives?" "How can I be sure what I am hearing is correct?" The subtitle here is: “I want to be a better me, and I’m already a pretty good me.” The content is based on 40+ years of experience. This is not based on guess work. It is lessons from over 40 years as an aide to and working with senior and General Officers in the Army, as a consultant working with Banking and S&L CEOs in the 1980s during the deregulation of their industry, owning and growing successful businesses, consulting 1-2-1 with business owners since 2008, and researching very successful people. This is what they do, without exception. We confirm the role these skills play in our success. Explore • developing dashboards to manage your business • how to improve communication with your team • training and education of yourself and your team • how to work ON vs. IN your business • how to position yourself to anticipate your company’s needs • the role of establishing and using Values to manage people and your business • several specific actions you can take to know your team/your business and what the next steps are • awareness of your business environment, your community, politics and more • and, we discuss a model for consistently great leadership. Exercises engage the audience to call on their own successes and anticipate their next steps. Occasionally, CEOs and executives make decisions that seem “doable,” but end up costing the business not only money, but momentum, time and opportunities. The problems most Executives face today stem from decisions made in the vacuum of “sounded good at the time.” Those are the kind of decisions that produce profoundly negative results. It’s a gamble, just like dice or a roulette table. We address the processes which include planning that substantially eliminate missteps like these. Ed has addressed audiences of 400 and of 10. He is a frequent speaker and college lecturer (UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, Elon College, Methodist College, High Point University). Ed is also a frequent guest on the Sirius/XM (#142) radio production: A Matter Of Your Health: The 30 Minute Health Magazine. Ed’s speaking engages the audience, delivers with humor and relevance, and uses stories to set the message. Biography Ed Gideon is founder of Breakthroughs for Success, a consulting and executive coaching company. He is the author of Breakthroughs for Success. For over 40 Ed has consulted and owned businesses in every segment of the economy. Professional, retail, wholesale, manufacturing, distribution, military, local government, academia. His messages are forged from practice, experience and no theory. When implemented, his guidance takes you to the points of success you seek. His messages are delivered with clear and compelling stories. There is emotion, humor, relevancy in his messages. Do you want to drive change, or build trust, or inspire bigger dreams? The context you seek is woven into the message. Ed’s stories move your audience to think and act. They will remember his stories and the message they convey much longer than a deck of slides can convey.