Where Will We Be When Texas Turns 200?

Texas 2036 is taking a data-driven approach to ensuring the state’s future prosperity. In our Q3 2020 issue of Texas CEO Magazine (“Rebooting the Texas Economy”), expert after expert conveyed optimism for Texas’ post-COVID economic rebound. Our underlying strengths as a state—from tax code to regulatory environment to workforce—remain intact. Even in the midst of […]Read More

Episode 59: Am I Doing a Good Job as CEO?

How does a CEO tell if they’re performing well in their role? It’s not an easy question, given how complex the job is. This week, Joel offers three signs that typically show up when a CEO is doing an effective job of managing and leading the organization. Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance CompanyRead More

Featured Exceptional Leader: Chris Savittiere’s Pandemic Pivot

See our full 2020 list of exceptional leaders in Texas here. Chris Savittiere never imagined himself making face masks. For the past five years, Savittiere has run Savilino, an apron and leather goods business serving restaurants, chefs, and boutique hotels in Austin and all across the US. His tasteful, creative pieces are known for complementing […]Read More

Exceptional Leadership in Texas 2020

It is common practice for magazines and organizations like ours to publish lists of honorees. I am not generally a fan of lists such as these. First, how does one pick the metrics by which these honorees are chosen? These things are often rather subjective. Second, such lists inevitably leave off some spectacular people who […]Read More

Episode 58: The Resistance to Giving Feedback

When it comes time to give critical or corrective feedback to an employee, most managers—including CEOs—shy away from having a fully honest conversation. This week, Joel discusses the importance of giving good feedback to the people who work for you, even when it’s uncomfortable. Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance CompanyRead More

Episode 57: The Struggle All CEOs Share

In any business, there are all kinds of unique challenges the CEO is called upon to handle. But at the emotional level, the struggles of the CEO are common and predictable across companies of all sizes, industries, and geographies. This week, Joel walks through some of those challenges and what they mean for the CEO. […]Read More

Episode 56: When Being Busy Is a Form of Laziness

CEOs are some of the busiest people around. And we live in a culture that celebrates people who are overbooked and constantly occupied. But busy-busy-busy isn’t the best mode for leaders to operate in. Joel discusses why that is—and what to do instead. Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance CompanyRead More

Episode 55: Your First 100 Days as CEO

When someone takes on the CEO role for the first time, they often have very little training specific to this one-of-a-kind job. In this episode, Joel discusses what a new CEO can and should expect in their first 100 days as a chief executive. Sponsored by: Texas Mutual InsuranceRead More

Episode 54: Fake It Until You Make It in the

The CEO role is the most visible position in the organization, and it comes with great responsibility. That means that many people feel unqualified when they first take it on. How do you handle that level of responsibility without long experience? Is it possible to “fake it until you make it”? Sponsored by: Texas Mutual […]Read More

Episode 53: Exit Planning, Part 3: Assembling Your Dream Team

A successful sale or acquisition requires a support network — the experts and allies who play key roles in the process. And it’s more than just a banker. Joel walks through the professionals and advisors he recommends enlisting before you go through the high-pressure ordeal of an exit transaction. Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance CompanyRead More