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About Dick Cross

Dick Cross is a serial CEO; a professional keynote speaker; a best-selling author; founder of The Cross Partnership Ltd., a 23-year consultancy centered on driving performance of mid-tier businesses; and a founding member of Alston Capital Partners, a New York City-based middle-market private equity firm.

As CEO, Dick has led eight "hands-on" turnarounds. He has been an influential adviser to ownerships, boards of directors, CEOs and senior managements of more than 100 businesses.

His book, "Just Run It! Running an Exceptional Business is Easier than You Think," debuted in April 2012 as an Amazon best-selling new release. His views on "the job at the top" and how to do it well have appeared recently in Forbes, Inc., Chief Executive Magazine, CEO Read, The Chicago Tribune, Personal Excellence Magazine, AMEX Open Forum and others. He is a featured guest on widely followed business podcasts and radio.

Follow Dick on Twitter, @DickCross3, or email him here.

When goal-setting goes bad

When goal-setting goes bad

Lots of people miss their goals. I've been one of them -- often. Read More »»

The team trap

I horrified an audience once when I called teamwork “the greatest productivity drain in contemporary business.” And likely, I've just had the same effect on you! Read More »»

Eastern vs. Western medicine for business

Eastern vs. Western medicine for business

A new rethinking is gaining momentum in Western medicine -- by serious people, and it has nothing to do with politics or funding. Read More »»

Trust: How your behavior affects buyers' choices

Trust: How your behavior affects buyers' choices

Something's new about how people buy things. It's happened over just the past few years. Read More »»

Activity beats execution

Activity beats execution

The Execution Fad -- like strategic planning, management by objective, total quality, just-in-time and others before it -- has had its day, leaving a predictable wake of unproductive time, talk and failed expectations. Read More »»

It's time to be the tiger

Particularly in this economy, way too many of us have become “min-maxers” -- approaching our jobs at the tops of our organizations to minimize the maximum risk, to keep our powder dry for better times, to justify a “tail-between-the-legs” vs. an “on the balls of our feet, center of the ring” stance. Read More »»

Duty vs. responsibility

Duty vs. responsibility

When I talk to CEOs about the gravity of their jobs, most begin talking about responsibility. What they “owe” -- to boards, investors, lenders, customers and employees. Read More »»

Character at the top

In my last column, I made the case that doing your Job At The Top requires continual alignment between three fields of view on your business: Vision, Strategy and Execution. For yourself, and for everyone else. Read More »»

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