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HR MATTERS Vol 8, Issue 4 - April 2011

Announcing a New Special Report:
Creating Outrageous Growth: Raising the Bar Without Fear

Think about some of the most successful organizations. What do they have in common? If you answered outrageous gaps between their organization and that of their closest competitor, you'd be right! This growth has led to some amazing profits. Click here only if you are interested in learning how to propel your organization ahead of the competition and substantially increase your profitability.

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Welcome to Management! Now What the Heck Do I Do?

Time and Date: 12:00pm (EST) on Monday, April 11, 2011

Join host Roberta Chinsky Matuson for this free Q&A session. Roberta will be taking your questions related to management and leadership issues and will share her tips on how to make sure the first ninety days aren't your last ninety days. She will also share her seven secrets to quickly establishing productive working relationship. Register Today!


Five Ways for CEO's to Get Out of Their Own Way

By Roberta Chinsky Matuson

Lately I've noticed a pattern among CEO's that I have been in conversation with. Many cannot get out of their own way and therefore are unable to move forward. There is nothing more frustrating then knowing where you want to go and not be able to get there, especially when the buck stops with you.

Here are five ways for CEO's to get out their own way in order to increase profitability, while decreasing stress. This advice also applies to those who are on their way to the top.

1. Less Talking and More Doing
Having the same discussion about the same people months later and wondering why nothing has changed does little to improve the condition of the organization. In fact, this approach usually makes matters worse. If you believe these people are really keepers, then provide them with the support they need to perform at their best. Otherwise, find replacements who can rapidly help you achieve your objectives.

2. Invest Rather Than Cut
Make a list of companies that have successfully cut their way to profitability. Now think about the companies who have invested their way to profitability. Which list is longer? Most successful organizations achieve their position by investing in the organization. Think twice about your actions, before you cut your way to bankruptcy.

3. Let Your People Manage
Many CEO's have a difficult time letting go. In particular, those that are the founders of the company. Yet this is exactly what you must do to take your company to the next level. You cannot drive your firm forward, by sitting in both the back and front seat of the organization. Someone has to be the one looking for the next turn. That someone must be you. If you are unable to trust the people you have hired to do the jobs you need done, then it's time to revaluate your staff or your leadership style.

4. Find a Trusted Resource
CEO's waste hours of their precious time seeking input from a variety of sources before moving ahead on particular matters. This time is lost forever. What makes matters worse is when nothing is done because the CEO feels overwhelmed by the variety of opinions. Imagine how much time you could free up if you had a trusted resource you could rely upon to discuss ideas with. Consider partnering with an executive coach who can help swiftly guide you through those moments when hesitation can lead to procrastination.

5. Face Your Fears
Just because you are the CEO doesn't mean you aren't entitled to be afraid at times. It's what you do in these moments that count. Acknowledge what is holding you back and then make a plan to move forward. As you do so, your fear will dissipate.

You've worked hard to become the CEO. Now get out of your own way so that you can enjoy the success you've earned.


Upcoming Speaking Events

May 4, 2011: Roberta is the Opening Keynote Speaker at the Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area - Annual Conference (SHRM Chapter) Washington, DC.

The topic will be: Managing Up in the Top-Down World of Business.
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May 5, 2011: Roberta will be speaking at EANE’s (Employers Association of the NorthEast: Enfield, CT) 7th Annual Management Conference.

The topic will be: Managing Up and Managing Down. Roberta will share the tips and tools you need to manage down and establish credibility with your team and the strategies for managing up - managing your reputation and your career.
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About Roberta Matuson

For more than 25 years, Roberta Matuson, president of Matuson Consulting, has helped leaders in Fortune 500 companies and small to medium-size businesses create exceptional workplaces leading to extraordinary results. As a seasoned consultant, Roberta is considered a leading authority on leadership and the skills and strategies required to earn employee commitment and client loyalty.

She is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around and is a highly sought after speaker, consultant and executive coach.

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