Innovation at a Time…

Innovation at a Time of Great Uncertainty As we continue to face down the reality of a global pandemic and mounting social unrest, we are all experiencing a level of stress unknown and uncharted in recent memory. For business owners, this stress is compounded by the challenge of balancing the evolving and often competing interests of staff, customers, family and community. The discomfort forged by these forces is palpable. To adapt and compete in such challenging times, business owners must learn to effectively embrace and engage the discomfort of the moment according to Jim McKelvey. McKelvey, a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Square (a successful mobile payments company), recently sat down with a writer from Forbes to discuss innovation. Keep reading to find out how “discomfort” can actually help you and your company innovate at a time of great uncertainty. At our recent 2020 member conference, we had a number of speakers discuss innovation in the workplace. Click here to access to the conference presentations and related content on this...

CEO Forum – 05.21.20 CEO Next

CEO Forum – May 2020   Leadership & Business Growth Series   Speakers:     David Grossman, Insperity     Dave Bell, CEO – Phygen     Teresa Thompson, Fredrikson & Byron Thursday, May 21, 2020 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm12:00 pm CT to 1:00 pm CT – Speaker presentation and Q&A Zoom Video Conference David Grossman David Grossman is a Performance Specialist with Insperity where he consults with small and medium-sized businesses to help them implement proven people and organization development strategies. David supports Insperity clients through various approaches, including coaching, training, facilitation, assessment, and performance improvement. He specializes in helping business owners and leaders strengthen organizational culture to drive desired business results. David has earned Insperity’s prestigious annual Chairman’s Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to improving client performance. He has a BA in Communication from Stanford University and an MA in Speech and Interpersonal Communication from New York University. David Bell David Bell has dedicated his career to taking engineering ideas and new products to market in multiple industries. He has founded two companies that are on the front lines of service responding to COVID-19. He founded Sterilucent, Inc. which has a disruptive and exciting new approach for sterilizing surgical medical instruments. Bell also founded Phygen Coatings, Inc. which is a provider of nano thin film coatings that provide greatly improved wear and corrosion resistance. Teresa Thompson Teresa Thompson – As the Chair of the firm’s Employment &amp Labor Department, Teresa partners with clients to navigate employment disputes at the advice and litigation stages. Teresa works with clients in many industries, including health care, mental health, disability and aging services, legal, staffing, retail/service, and manufacturing, with a...

CLF Webinar – 04.30.20

How to Reform, Perform & Find the Energy to Lead in Chaos! The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected every aspect of daily life around the world. The Family First Act, The CARES Act, the PPP Program, business triage strategies are on everyone’s mind and part of our daily conversations. Time is of the essence for current news and information from our leading experts in Central Florida. Where can you turn? Look to us. Grennan Fender will be joining several other business leaders in the Orlando area to share insights on “Getting Back to Business” and ideas on how we can come back event stronger. Please see the invitation to our video conference event scheduled for Thursday, April 30 at 12:00 pm. This is part of an ongoing weekly webinar series co-sponsored by our firm designed to bring you the latest news and strategies to help you and your businesses during these tenuous times. Speaker Panel:   • John Will Tenney – The Administrator – EmployerNomics   • Lee Zerivitz, SIOR, CCIM – Managing Partner – CIT Commercial   • Doug Foreman – President, CLU, ChFC – Fringe Benefit Plans, Inc.   • D. Paul Dietrich II – Managing Partner – Swann Hadley Stump Dietrich & Spears, P.A.   • Aimee Collins Hitchner – Senior Associate – Swann Hadley Stump Dietrich & Spears, P.A.   • Steve Hogan – CEO – Florida Citrus Sports Click here to view the flyer. Click here to...

CLF Webinar – 04.23.20

How to Reform, Perform & Find the Energy to Lead in Chaos! Our excellent panel of speakers addressed important strategies and tactics as well as practical considerations to take as leaders to be proactive in their businesses during these uncertain times. Speaker Panel:   • Nicole McMurray – Regional Manager – Apple One Career Services   • Jeff Condello – CEO – RANDALL Construction   • Sean McDermott – CEO – RedMonacle LLC   • Sean Meder – Vice President – Bci Capital   • Lillian Moon, JD – Partner – Ackerman LLP   • Alonzo Williams – CEO – Zerion 360 Click here to download a PowerPoint presentation from the webinar. CEO Nexus members can login to the Media Archive section of the website to listen to the 04.23.20 presentation audio...

CLF Webinar – 04.16.20

Lessons Learned from 2008 and What You Can Be Doing Now As CEOs look for ways to navigate challenges brought by the COVID-19, sometimes history can be your best guide. Recently, CEO Leadership Forums hosted a webinar about lessons from the 2008 financial crisis that can be applied to current circumstances. We’re proud to sponsor this organization and many of our members have found its resources very beneficial. Click here to download a PowerPoint presentation from the webinar. CEO Nexus members can login to the Media Archive section of the website to listen to the 04.16.20 presentation audio...

Making Tough Decisions in Tough…

Ten guidelines for making tough decisions in tough times The world has changed. We have pressure from all sides. What are some guidelines to help you make decisions in these tough times? I have compiled a few that have helped me and my clients over the years. 1) “When the terrain varies from the map, go with the terrain every time.” General David Grange. It’s time to create a new map! 2) Go back to who you are. Who are you? Do you have a set of guiding principles that serve you and your organization? 3) Always go back to WHY you exist. What’s your vision? Does it give you direction? Never make a decision that would violate your vision (unless your vision is outdated, and you need to adjust course and create a new one). 4) Know who you serve. Your customers/clients are watching how you are handling tough times, they want to see what you are made of. What decision would make them proud? 5) What is your brand promise? My branding hero, Stan Richards put it this way… “Your brand is your most valuable asset. Don’t be tempted to the need to violate it in tough times or to meet some short term business need. Wear it well and it will serve you well.” What is your brand promise? 6) Go back to your values. What is the right decision based on your values? Employees want to know you believe in your values and will stick by them in tough times. If you are not going to make decisions by them, then they are not truly...