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Steve McKee

Steve McKee is the president of McKee Wallwork + Co., an advertising agency that specializes in working with stalled, stuck and stale brands that was recognized by Advertising Age in 2015 and 2018 as Southwest Small Agency of the Year. He’s the author of "When Growth Stalls" and "Power Branding."

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The secret of great companies is chemistry, not alchemy
The secret of great companies is chemistry, not alchemy

Leaders can't dictate corporate culture, but employee chemistry isn't alchemy! Learn why corporate chemistry is within your control, unlike Rumpelstiltskin's alchemy.

AI vs. humans, part 1
AI vs. humans, part 1

AI and the metaverse won’t make humanity better; they will augment and intensify what we all already are, for good and for ill. Here's what that means for leaders and companies.

The dangers of strategy myopia
The dangers of strategy myopia

Leaders need to define their strategy, regularly revisit it and avoid the perils of win/lose thinking.

"Day one" of succession planning
"Day one" of succession planning

Founders and CEOs alike need to plan their succession -- and they likely need more time than they're alloting. Learn from a business owner who's done succession.

The beauty of contrast
The beauty of contrast

Contrast is how we discover new ideas and move forward. Embrace the contrast between you and other people in your work and life.

Mongers wanted: Why expertise plus calling equals success
Mongers wanted: Why expertise plus calling equals success

"Monger" is a unique combination of knowledge and passion that is rare to see and intoxicating to experience. Here's why being a monger might be a worthy career goal.

Leadership is a bumpy journey, but that's the job
Leadership is a bumpy journey, but that's the job

Leadership can be a series of starts and stops, but that's how it is. Great leaders understand that and focus on "ensuring all your key players arrive."

In defense of overhead
In defense of overhead

Overhead is a fact of life, and while business leaders never want too much of it, they shouldn't lose sight of overhead's value.

3 Rs to fight inflation
3 Rs to fight inflation

In good or turbulent times, looking at ways you can retain, refocus or retool is a smart strategy for any business.

Wanted: More unicorns
Wanted: More unicorns

What employees go beyond the norm and get things done, even in tough times? Do you recognize those people? Are you one of them?

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