Lessons from the Top and the Edge

Jeff O’Dell Advisory Team, Inc. (ATI) click on an image to view larger As co-founder of August Technology, a global manufacturer in the semiconductor industry, Jeff O’Dell and his team built the company and led it through a strategic merger and successful exit. The lessons he shared at the March Economic Gardening Forum event, regarding this journey, were compelling and inspiring. In particular, he emphasized the need to cultivate a culture of calculated risk, a tolerance for failure necessary to fuel innovation, and a commitment to develop talent and optimize teamwork in the face of inevitable change. These lessons, refined over time as a leader and coach, continue to serve him well in his current role as president of ATI. For details on these and other insights related to Jeff’s extraordinary journey, click the adjacent link to listen to an audio clip of Jeff sharing his story. View Media Archive (media archive available only to roundtable members) Jeff O’Dell holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and robotics from the University of Minnesota-Twin...

CEO Forum Preview – 03.07.17

Dave Mattson Sandler Training Our next CEO Forum will feature Dave Mattson, a best-selling author, sales and management thought leader, keynote speaker and leader for sales training seminars around the world. For this CEO forum, we’ll have a slightly different format. First, we will hear how Mattson took Sandler Training from a regional business to a global provider of sales and management training. He’ll focus on the strategies he used to scale the Sandler business. In the second part of the presentation, Mattson will take us through the ’10 Sales Behaviors CEOs Need to Embrace to Grow Their Business’. You don’t want to miss this informative talk on crucial sales and marketing techniques from the President of Sandler Training – voted nine times by Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” as the number-one sales training company in the United States. View event...

Career Expo – 03.06.17

If you have positions that you are finding difficult to fill, you may wish to attend Florida High Tech Corridor Career Expo, March 6 – 8, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. During this two-day event, you will have access to more than 45 universities and 12 state colleges with high tech programs. To help secure top-notch talent to fill your job vacancies, you will be able to meet recruitment professionals in charge of placing graduates. That means you can spend less money and time on recruiting needed talent. Presented by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, Career Expo is a joint economic and workforce development initiative of the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida, the University of Florida, and CareerSource Central Florida. Career Expo is dedicated to attracting, retaining, and growing high tech industry and the workforce to support it. Businesses will also have the opportunity to listen to keynote luncheon speakers discussing business and high tech economic development topics both days. Click here to register. Click here to view the 2017 Career Expo Flyer Click here for more information about the Career...

5 Myths and Realities of Millennials in the Workplace

In monthly CEO Nexus roundtables, we notice recurring topics that have broad application to CEOs. In January, Mark Brewer spoke about Millennials in the workplace, the myths surrounding them, and what leaders should know about managing a multi-cohort workplace. His PowerPoint and audio presentation are available in full for CEO Nexus members only in the Media Archive. Many myths exist about having multiple generations in the workplace – especially when it comes to Millennials. As leaders, it’s important to understand what is fact and what is fiction. Though Millennials have a reputation for being self-centered or disloyal employees, their goals, passions, and workplace needs actually aren’t that different from Baby Boomers or Gen X employees. This article references findings from an IBM report that breaks down the five common myths about Millennials in the workplace. Myth #1 – Millennials’ career goals are different from other generations. Millennials desire financial security, inspirational leadership, the opportunity to advance, clearly articulated business strategies, and performance-based recognition and promotions – just like Gen X and Baby Boomers. It’s not all about business social consciousness to them. Myth #2 – Millennials always want constant acclaim. Millennials want a leader who is ethical and fair. They think it’s less important to have a boss who recognizes their accomplishments. They value transparency in a company, so be prepared to share information about your organization and your strategy. Myth #3 – Millennials are digital addicts who want to do everything online. It’s true that Millennials are more immersed in technology and know how to utilize it better than other generations. But that doesn’t mean they prefer to...

Entrepreneurial Economy…

July 4th is the quintessential American holiday. It is a time to recall achievements of the past and acknowledge the sacrifice shouldered by others to make possible the blessings we experience today. It is fitting, therefore, that the cover story of the just-released July issue of i4 Business magazine focuses on the process of “Growing an Entrepreneurial Economy.” I believe much of what defines and distinguishes that which is great about America can be traced to the entrepreneurial spirit that permeates our culture; past and present. So thank you to i4 Business for sharing our community’s story about how to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit Alexis de Tocqueville so aptly characterized as the “essence of America.” Thank you to Tom O’Neal, Randy Berridge and Cari Coats for embracing that story and acting when others paused. Thank you to Chris Gibbons, Mark Lange, Penny Lewandowsky and the entire team at the Edward Lowe Foundation for providing the thoughtful leadership needed to help fulfill the potential of that story here in Orlando and in other regions across the country. Finally, and most importantly, thank you to all entrepreneurs pursuing their individual dreams. The great American experiment is your story. Echoing the words of Edward Lowe, a thoughtful man with a knack for distilling big issues into simple truths, I say, “Hail, entrepreneur!” My best to all this holiday weekend, Steve Quello  Click here to view the “Growing an Entrepreneurial Economy” i4 Business...