The Art of Being a CFO with Eric Lougher

Eric Lougher is a versatile CFO who comes from an investor background. He has served as Chief Financial Officer for both VC and PE backed companies that provides Eric a balanced and insightful view of today’s CFO. Eric talks to two key points: The art of balance various department budgetary needs and fiscal health of the […]

Season 4 of CXO Conversations starts next week!

Upcoming interviews include Eric Lougher, of Taskray who discusses the role of today’s CFO and Board relations, CEO Raphael Crawford Marks on the transition from Founder to CEO,  and Chris Younger, successful executive and CEO of Class VI Partners on advice to CEOs.   Other guests include Jay McMullen, a Chief revenue Officer who decided […]

CEO William Toti, Have Those Hard Conversations to Improve and Advance

Former CEO William Toti, discusses having hard conversations with senior executives to learn and improve your career.

Bill discusses three main points:

· Being told “Bill, you’re screwing this up” and the lessons learned

· The skills Bill brought to Corporate America from the Navy

· What Leadership Development meant at Raytheon and how it positively impacted his executive career… It wasn’t what he initially thought!

Bill is the author of “From CO to CEO” and a former Submarine Commodore who retired as a United States Naval Captain. His post-Naval career includes Deputy Vice President for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, Vice President Hewlett-Packard (HP), VP at DXC Technology President of Cubic Corporation, and President of L3 Technologies for the Maritime Systems sector.

Bill discusses personal transition experiences from the Navy to corporate America and the importance of hard conversations with executives. He felt that there was lacking meaningful information for transitioning Veterans. Most of the Veteran employment-related books were written by Recruiters for senior officers, not lower-grade officers or enlisted personnel. While attending the United States Naval Academy, he met the legendary Admiral Hyman Rickover , father of the nuclear Navy.

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Executive Coach Chuck Mollor, The Pressures of the Modern CEO

CEO and Executive Coach Chuck Mollor joins the show to discuss the pressures of the modern CEO. Chuck started MCG Partners 15 years ago, author of “Rise of the Agile Leader “.

Chucks discusses three key points:

· The evolution of the success & skills needed for today’s CEO

· Advice for future C level executives

· What gets overlooked in the hybrid work-from-home model and how leaders instill trust in employees

The average tenure of a CEO is now three years. They face intense pressure from outside and inside forces. Be it start-up, mid-size, or Fortune 500 companies. The cycle of change and intensity is getting faster while cycles of innovation are getting shorter. Expectations are higher and the complexity of management is increasing; different age demographics, DEI, access, and ensuring all voices are being heard.

The life cycle of companies are getting shorter due to M&A, or are closing their doors due to a lack of innovations or opportunities.
CEOs must be more externally focused, while constantly learning and seeking feedback from peers and key stakeholders. CEOs must ensure they have a network of peers that they can turn to for advice and be sounding boards.
An effective leader must hold other executive team members accountable so that culture starts from the top and filters down.

He has also been a Cranberry Farmer.

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