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Stephen Lynch

Author of the award winning business book Business Execution for RESULTS & President of RESULTS.com, Lynch is an internationally known Strategy Consultant and a contributing writer for The Economist magazine.

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Video: Executives #1 Regret - And What To Do About It

By Stephen Lynch on Oct 16, 2018

When Stephen Lynch addressed a standing-room-only crowd at the Entrepreneur's Organization conference in Salt Lake City earlier this month, he revealed the #1 regret business leaders have—and what to do about it:

Topics: Management
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Decision Making Biases

By Stephen Lynch on Sep 11, 2018

There are many cognitive biases that can lead us to make poor decisions in life and in business. I previously wrote about how Survivorship Bias fools us into thinking there is a "success formula". In this article, I focus on a selection of other thinking biases and provide suggestions for how to inoculate ourselves from them.   

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What Really Works

By Stephen Lynch on Aug 21, 2018

The authors of, “What Really Works - The 4+2 Formula for Sustained Business Success” researched 160 large companies in equivalent industries over a 10 year period. The researchers looked at successful companies (winners), unsuccessful companies (losers), and also those whose performance changed for better or worse over the 10 year period (climbers and tumblers).  They identified 8 management practices that were directly correlated with superior performance (in terms of total shareholder returns) over the 10 years.

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Employee Engagement and Productivity

By Stephen Lynch on Aug 14, 2018

I was recently asked to write a guest article for another software company here in San Francisco. They wanted to know how I would answer the following 2 questions:

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The Meeting Facilitator's Role

By Stephen Lynch on Jul 17, 2018

In my opinion, the meeting facilitator’s primary role is to optimize meeting productivity. Well-structured meetings chaired by a competent facilitator can help keep attendees focused and engaged, hold people accountable for performance, support the decision-making process, and assign clear tasks to advance progress. Before giving you some of my recommendations for meeting facilitators, let’s review The 5 P's of Productive Meetings:

Topics: Meetings
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Don't Be Fooled By Survivorship Bias

By Stephen Lynch on Jul 11, 2018

I remember the first personal development book I ever purchased. It was called “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz. I was going through a low point in life and the promise on the book jacket jumped off the bookshelf: “Millions of readers have acquired the secrets of success through The Magic of Thinking Big. Achieve everything you always wanted: financial security, power and influence, the ideal job, satisfying relationships, and a rewarding, happy life.”

Topics: Strategy
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Beware the Nantucket Sleigh Ride

By Stephen Lynch on Jul 3, 2018

As a young boy, I was enthralled with Herman Melville's book “Moby Dick”. The daring tale of Captain Ahab and his crew hunting the giant albino sperm whale captivated my boyhood imagination.  

Topics: Strategy
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Lynch on Hiring, Part III: The Topgrading Face-to-Face Tandem Interview

By Stephen Lynch on Jun 26, 2018

As I have written previously, when hiring for any role in your company, it is vital that you follow a proven process. That’s where the Topgrading methodology made a huge difference for me. I learned to follow a disciplined hiring methodology to significantly increase my chances of hiring A-Players for every role.

Topics: growth hiring
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Lynch on Hiring, Part II:The Importance of Reference Check Interviews

By Stephen Lynch on Jun 19, 2018

Reference Check Interviews are a vital step in the hiring process, and many employers conduct this step poorly, if at all. My firm recommendation is that reference checks must be conducted before any hiring decisions are made. No reference check interviews = No job offer. It’s that simple.

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Lynch on Hiring, Part I: How To Interview and Hire A-Players

By Stephen Lynch on Jun 12, 2018

As I have written previously, when hiring for any role in your company, it is vital that you follow a proven process. That’s where the Topgrading methodology made a huge difference for me. I learned to follow a disciplined hiring methodology to significantly increase my chances of hiring A-Players for every role.

Topics: growth hiring
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