Personality Check: How CEOs Influence Company Culture

In my work as a CEO coach, I have often observed the extent to which organizational culture reflects the personality of the chief executive, with both strengths and weaknesses reverberating throughout the company.

Research clearly backs up my experience. For example, Stanford Graduate School of Business researchers examined 460 CEOs across more than 300 companies and found significant correlations between CEO personality traits and company culture. In another study, researchers found that certain personality traits were associated with both financial and operational performance.

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5 Things Every New CEO Should Know

The role of CEO is the golden ticket for many corporate leaders: the ultimate prize that fuels years, if not decades, of relentless dedication and hard work. But despite their preparations, most of the new CEOs I work with are shocked by the visibility, complexity and responsibility that comes with the corner office.

As CEO coach and consultant, I’ve helped dozens of promising leaders through their vital early days. Here are five essential lessons every new and aspiring CEO should know.

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You are who you hire: 4 steps to avoid recruiting disasters

In a tight market for skilled labor, fewer decisions come with higher stakes than hiring a leadership team. With the costs for recruiting, selecting, and onboarding executives often reaching six figures, the Society for Human Resource Management estimates bad hires lead to churn costing about 40% of salary. Still, CEOs often struggle to hire the right people to fulfill immediate needs and to adapt as the company grows.

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Who are your #1 stakeholders as CEO? Hint: It’s probably not who you think

Traditionally, CEOs have expected to spend countless hours developing strategies for external parties like customers, investors, and board members. But in 2024, neglecting employees as important stakeholders will be a critical mistake.

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The Transformative Power of Employee Activism

Museums and cultural institutions are undergoing a seismic shift, being rightly called to reassess norms and practices to address historical inequities and better reflect and serve their communities. But in navigating this transformation, organizational leaders encounter a formidable force beyond traditional stakeholders: activist employees.

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Leading in a Changing World With Tracy Lawrence

Tracy Lawrence, Founder & CEO of The Lawrence Advisory talks about her fascinating journey from the entertainment industry to leadership consultancy, exploring how she navigates the ever-evolving landscape of executive coaching, organizational development, and more.

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Black in the C-Suite: Here Are a Few Tips On How To Get There

In 2020, only 1.6% of C-suite executives were Black women. Despite the odds, The Lawrence Advisory CEO Tracy Lawrence has had a wildly successful career in corporate America.

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Five common mistakes of first-time CEOs

First-time CEOs have a unique challenge in transitioning into a role that only a small number of others have ever held.

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Harnessing the Power of Employee Activism

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Working Well: Tracy L Lawrence Of The Lawrence Advisory On How Companies Are Creating Cultures That Support & Sustain Mental, Emotional, Social, Physical & Financial Wellness

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Tracy Lawrence: Knowing Who You Are

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Create, Build, and Manage Daily Show

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5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Manager Should Adopt – Forbes.com

Tracy Lawrence of The Lawrence Advisory Offers the Key Positive Solutions for a Changing Workplace Citing a passion for creating a positive work environment and motiving individuals to maximize

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The Community Briefing: Tracy Lawrence

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Effective Recruiting During the Great Resignation

Effective Recruiting During the Great Resignation A dramatic shift in the job market continues to vex recruiting efforts nationwide. The Great Resignation has driven vacancies to an all-time high...

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National Week of Conversation: Listening Across Divides in the Workplace

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Tracy Lawrence: Reading the Possibilities Between the Lines.

Tracy Lawrence was recently a guest on The Business of Intuition Podcast with Dean Newlund. The episode is also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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Tracy Lawrence on HR.com: 5 Reasons Why Diversity Plans Fail

An HR professional whose company was renegotiating an employment contract with a highly valuable black executive recently asked whether to give the executive the significant raise he was asking

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Tracy Lawrence of The Lawrence Advisory: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became A CEO

Our founder, Tracy Lawrence was recently interviewed by Candice Georgiadis in an article published on Medium.com about the 5 things she wish she had known before becoming a CEO.

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How #MeToo Has Affected the Workplace with Tracy Lawrence

Society is changing as it always has throughout the millennia. The difference now, however, is the speed at which the changes are coming are faster than ever. How are...

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Would Your Team Go to War for You?

Recently, I was conducting 360 feedback interviews for a client. In describing him, one of his peers said, “He’s smart and very driven. His team knows how good he...

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Why Hasn’t That Headhunter Called Me Back?

Samantha was fed up. Her job was frustrating and her supervisor was uninspiring. Then one day a recruiter called with the job of her dreams. 10 minutes into the...

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