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

How to Fly Private—the Smart Way

A Conversation with Sam Starling, Partner at JetPro Texas In late 2008, the CEOs of the big three automakers flew from Detroit to Washington. They were on a mission to secure federal funds and prevent the collapse of their industry, but all three made the trip in private jets — a fact that drove an […]Read More

Looking Past 2020: A Global Forecasting Session with Dr. George

“This is a wonderful time to be talking about the future,” said international strategist Dr. George Friedman, “because the present ain’t that great.”  This statement kicked off Dr. Friedman’s online forecasting session with Texas CEO Magazine, sponsored by Texas Mutual Insurance Company, on September 29, 2020. Over the following hour, he discussed the tumultuous times […]Read More

What’s Your Motive for Being CEO?

If you’re an executive, you’ve probably got a Patrick Lencioni book on your shelf (or in your e-reader). Lencioni’s works, which include The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Death by Meeting, have sold over six million copies worldwide — and it’s easy to see why. Each is a marvel of simplicity, embedding sharp, practical […]Read More

Episode 51: Exit Planning, Part 2: Anatomy of a Deal

Buying or selling a house is one of the most complicated transactions many of us have gone through — but acquiring or selling a business is another step up in terms of complexity and time. In this episode, Joel walks you through the timeline of transactions he’s been through, including what happened at each stage. […]Read More

Episode 50: Exit Planning, Part 1: Getting Started

Texas CEO Magazine owner Joel Trammell has experienced several successful exits over his career. In the first of three Ask a CEO episodes on the process of exit planning, Joel discusses how to determine what your objective is in selling the business, and how potential acquirers will assess the value and risks of your business. […]Read More

Episode 49: The Tricky Art of Change Management

Whole tomes have been written on “change management” in the corporate sphere. While changing how humans think and behave is difficult, the process starts with the CEO addressing some basic questions for the organization. This week, Joel discusses what those questions are and why they form the necessary foundation of lasting collective change. Sponsored by: […]Read More

Episode 48: Vulnerability and the CEO

“Vulnerability” has been a buzzword for years, but should the CEO care? When should the CEO disclose their emotions, fears, struggles to people in the organization? And what’s the line between being vulnerable and sharing too much? Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance CompanyRead More