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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.

He is currently working on a new book, "60 Minute CEO! Doing a Great Job at the Top is Easier than You Think," which is planned for a 2013 release.

Dick holds degrees from the University of Virginia, Harvard University and Columbia Business School. He developed and for many years led the mid-tier presidents course in a Harvard University summer program for executives.

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

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 »»

Trust: How your behavior affects buyers' choices

Trust: How your behavior affects buyers’ choices

There’s something 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

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 »»

Trifocal lenses: Your goggles for greatness

Trifocal lenses: Your goggles for greatness

Here’s the problem: No one talks about the whole of our Job At the Top. Read More »»

The 'L' Word

The ‘L’ Word

Love’s a word we seldom use in business. Read More »»

Be the lore

Be the lore

We all love stories about others who inspire us. Wishing we were more like them. Read More »»

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