Superhero Skills for Next-Generation CEOs

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By Anna Henry

Some rural telcos are going the way of Hollywood. Like Jay Leno leaving “The Tonight Show,” a wave of senior executives is retiring from rural telcos. NBC faced many of the same issues telco boards must address as they seek to fill those vacancies. Chief among the considerations is determining what skills are desirable in the next generation of leaders in order to build on the success of predecessors and tackle a new business era.

For example, during his 22-year tenure, Leno successfully tapped into the Baby Boomer market. Leno’s replacement, Jimmy Fallon, is almost 25 years younger than Leno, and is tasked with building on Leno’s success while reaching a new type of viewer: millennials. That technology-savvy group watches TV by using technology that didn’t exist for the majority of Leno’s late-night reign. Consequently, the need to reach the younger market led NBC to want someone more skilled in social media and YouTube-friendly show segments.
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Business Matters

By John Graham

We Are Our Presentations: A Listener’s View

Personal Protective Equipment: The Last Line of DefenseThe goal of every presentation is to successfully influence how listeners will think or act. If that’s so, few presentations make the cut. Although many treat presentations rather casually, every one counts and each one is equally important.

And here’s why: We are our presentations. We’re the one on stage, and we’re judged by our listeners not only by what we say, but by the effectiveness of the performance.

Every presentation tells a story—our story. It’s that serious because presentation skills influence the destiny of a business career, and the advantage goes to the top presenters. Whether speaking one-on-one or to hundreds, it’s always a presentation. Formal or informal, it’s always a presentation.
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