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T Paul Thomas

Is it My Fault That Company Morale is Terrible?

I have been extremely fortunate during my life to have had a wide range of jobs, from delivering newspapers to helping the poorest of the poor in Kenya to leading a $130 million public company. One of the greatest opportunities and challenges is being an executive director/CEO/president of an organization. With all the personal and […]

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How Will You Treat Me After I Resign; Does it Matter?

As a manager, one of the worst things we can hear is, “I’m quitting” from one of our employees. Our immediate thought is that we are already over-worked and understaffed. Then we start thinking about the hassle of recruiting, and trying to find someone qualified to accept the pay for the cost-of-living that exists. Let […]

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When Should I Fire an Employee?

A couple weeks ago, I had lunch with a local CEO that was going back and forth over firing an employee. She was reluctant for two reasons: the employee was in a key position and she was worried what impact it would have on the organization and senior team. Also, the employee had been loyal. […]

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Focus on Five Things to Be a Great Leader

Over the last several months, I have received emails or have had students stop by my office and ask what it takes to become a CEO. I really don’t know if there are steps to get there, but in my experience, if you are a great leader, you will eventually become a CEO. I’ve put […]

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Ask the CEO

Buy Your Employee Lunch on the First Day and Last  An interesting thing happened to my son, Ross, recently. After graduating from college with two degrees, he has decided to return to school. This time, at a trade school that will train him in the science of Non-Destructive Testing. As part of the school, he […]

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Why Write a Note When You Can Email?

At Northern Arizona University, we are days away from graduation. The thing that makes the May 2017 graduation special to me is that my very first students from MGT 101 – Introduction to Business are graduating. The last several weeks have been a constant flood of those students coming to me to let me know […]

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Do I Really Need a Board of Directors?

My column this month raises a question I received from a CEO. This is meant for those CEOs who are either running a non-profit or a privately held organization. All publicly held or publicly traded organizations are required by SEC law to have a board of directors.   Just feed them and get them on […]

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