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If you don’t master the practical components of greatness and don’t know how to do the right things right the first time, then you don’t even get to play the game in this new complex and turbulent world.  You have forfeited the ability to shape your own future, which means you are allowing your competitors to shape it for you.  Instead, to control your own destiny, you and your business need to adjust your paradigms, the invisible sets of rules that do two things: defines your boundaries and tells you how to behave inside the boundaries to succeed in this extraordinary complex, and challenging world. This is the goal of this weekly video blog: to show you the practical (concerned with action rather than with theory and ideas alone) skills to adjust your paradigms and thus achieve greatness.

We are confident that you will find each of these proven practices and strategies easy to apply to your business to reach greatness. Don’t forget to email your questions, thoughts, and comments to carlosd@carlosdias.com.  Carlos is committed to responding to each of you as soon as he is able. Thanks!

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Video Blog: Part 3 of 3, What They Don’t teach you in Business school, Managing Through Systems Thinking in Turbulent Times




Nobody likes uncertainty. In life and business, the possibility of everything you know failing and falling apart is terrifying. 


After all, we live in a complex and ever-changing world, and uncertainty poses a tremendous challenge to most businesses, especially to those led by CEOs unaware of how to navigate these fast-moving times. My courses, programs, tools, and expertise can show you exactly what you MUST do in order to create sustainable profitable growth   The core ingredient of strong and healthy sales and profits is sustainability...you must learn the strategic tools necessary to ask the right questions, so you can identify changes to your business before the changes are big problems deteriorating your sustainable profitable growth. System thinking enables the CEO to see the entire business and how each part of the ecosystem, in and out of the business, impacts sustainable profitability.  System thinking means looking at the overall picture rather than the separate elements. With it, a CEO can predict and prevent small problems to create devastating business results.  Thus, the uncertainty vanishes.

In this video, you will discover,

  • Why is Systems Thinking best suited to the challenges of a fast-moving and complex world?
  • How Apple used Systems Thinking to revolutionize the personal technology market, and create millions of rabid fans.
  • How to assess whether your corporate system and processes were built based on strategic thinking or by default, and what you can do to change the status quo.
  • Why resting and recharging your mind is vitally important to the success of your corporation
  • The power of masterminding, the exact benefits to your business of implementing a mastermind process,  and the ideal people to have in your strategic mastermind group.
  • The fundamental question for widening the perspective of what has been missing in your business system...the same one Apple asked before creating the iPad.
  • The most structured, powerful and interactive program and tools on the market you can access anytime, anywhere and use with your management teams to change the trajectory of your business and create sustainable wealth in turbulent times. You will be astonished at how few hours per week you and your team must spend with these tools to achieve long-term profitable growth.

Everything I share in this video, in fact, all of my systems, are designed specifically for the CEO. My program and resources are absolutely unique in this global market.

I developed my programs, as described throughout these three coaching sessions because, after years of research trying to find a program to share with my CEO clients...none existed.  Sure there were programs based on the old way of doing things, with the concepts we learned in MBA school, but the programs were based on the old model and the old linear business model.

Nothing taught the CEOs to think strategically, to understand the entire business and the metrics and data indicating problems long before they show up in those old models.  And that’s not all...Nothing I could find started from the future and worked backwards.  Everything started with prior results.  Thus, CEOs could not possibly have the ability to strategically plan for the unknown elements yet to happen...and in a fast moving business world, CEOs must be able to see around corners to what is coming.

Otherwise, their business will fail.

Are you ready to discover sustainable and profitable growth, abundant cash flow and wealth creation in your corporate family business?

We do live in turbulent and ever-changing times.  By using the right system and strategic thinking principles, your business can withstand the changes, experience sustained growth, and bring continuous profit almost on autopilot.

We invite you to watch the video here, complete your personal assessment (here) and contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation to help determine which of our programs is right for your business. 

Questions or inquiries please contact Carlos Dias at carlosd@carlosdias.com

Video blog: Part 2 of 3, What They Don’t teach you in Business school, Managing with Purpose & Values, Leading with Vision

A Business Coaching Session with Carlos Dias and His Mentee John

Welcome back. Last week you learned about the Leadership Mindset for Turbulent times. If you haven’t yet watched Part 1, please head on over and watch the video, as you will need that foundation for this section.

Today Carlos Dias and his Mentee John will be talking about how to focus on things that matter...and how to eliminate the noise of obsolete theories, bias, and routine.

Key takeaways from today’s video include:

● Identifies the glue that holds your business together. Carlos identifies the ideal core of your business. (1:20)

● Reveals the three key assistants you need to start down the path of leadership success. (4:14)

● Defines one critical type of reasoning which should never be overlooked in decision-making is one most CEOs always try to avoid. Discover what it is and why. (4:38)

● Uncovers the strange but effective first critical step highly successful and innovative businesses use in strategic planning. (12:12)

I want to particularly draw your attention to two key leadership principles I share in this video:

1. System Thinking
2. Transformational Leadership

As you reach these sections, pay careful attention to these ideas and how your style of leadership and thinking compare. You can read more about these specific principles here and here.

John and I also speak about employee motivation...a critical issue in a fast-paced world. I share with John the key motivators present in every workforce, and how such motivators cause a company to create profitability or crumble to its death. The information I share here will help you quickly identify problems in your teams and achieve a more innovative and impactful workforce.

At the end of the video, I have provided you with links to two powerful and proven step-by-step processes designed to help you create your Company’s Value Statement and craft your Committed and Shared Business Vision.

We invite you to share this valuable information and resources with your network of colleagues, employees and business partners.

Click on the link below to watch the video:

What They Don’t Teach You in Business School, Part 2, Managing with Purposes and Values, Leading with Vision

Please comment below and tell us your biggest takeaway from the video. We look forward to interacting with you.

Questions or inquiries please contact Carlos Dias at carlosd@carlosdias.com

Video Blog: Part 1 of 3, What They Don’t Teach You in Business School, Changing the Seen and The Unseen

A Business Coaching Session with Carlos Dias and His Mentee John

If you’ve been reading this blog or reviewing our videos, by now you are likely convinced your role as CEO has shifted from one focused on tactics to keep momentum in your business, with a focus on achieving operational efficiency, to a strategic leader with foresight allowing you to see around corners and the ability to take advantage of upcoming opportunities to maximize your customer relationships for sustainable profitable growth.

You have probably admitted to yourself you are not quite where you want to be, as a strategic leader in turbulent times, and you know you need processes, strategies and a new toolkit to help you achieve growth in profits and dividends during these turbulent and non-linear times.

Over the next three weeks, I am going to invite you to be a fly on the wall as I mentor my client John and share with him the secrets to sustainable and profitable growth in turbulent times.

As you watch these three potent videos, you will discover the strategies they do not teach in business school….the secrets to sustained profitable growth in turbulent times.

Part 1: Changing The Seen and Unseen

The secret to sustaining profitable growth in your corporate family business no longer needs to be a secret...and in this video with John, I begin to shed the light on the shifts you must make now to create far greater and more sustainable profitable growth.

In the age of information and technology, you can put your business growth and continuously build profit, practically on autopilot, If you know the right methods and principles to use in your business in the current environment...one rewarding new business for their agility and innovation, and one where entire industries are continuously interrupted.

If you are struggling to maintain profitability, cutting costs or focused on very short term fixes, the harsh is that you and your team lacks the updated skills and tools to create sustainable and profitable growth.

Deep inside, you know if do not upgrade your leadership system with the proper tools and processes to become agile and innovative, your profits and market share will continue to decline, as you fight to catch up with the new world order.

It’s time for an upgrade

In this video, I will show you precisely what your business is missing.

My knowledge is based on my work in leadership and advisory roles with hundreds of companies just like yours, augmented by a lifelong study of corporate leadership, systems and processes. These are not simply ideas or theories. What I teach has already worked, and continues to work to help corporate family businesses thrive in the ever changing 21st century.

When you understand the principles I reveal in this video, and build processes and tools to create a business strategy around such principles, you will no longer have to worry about losing market share and profitability, even in these turbulent times.

Stop Wishful Thinking

In my experience, most CEOs and their executive teams are “wishful thinkers.” They make decisions, not based on facts and the reality of their operations, but on how they wish the world worked inside and outside of their walls.

Very few CEOs fall into the realm of “strategic thinker”. In fact, according to a study on CEOs from 2005-2015 published by the American Management Institute entitled A Global Study of Leadership “Strategy development is the most important leadership competency...just 4% of CEOs fall into the strategist category.

If you do not discover the right method to break out of this utterly destructive “wishful” mindset and thinking model and become a competent strategist, your competitors will overtake you, and your business will sink in these quickly changing times.

This video will show you a system of principles and the real way to change your perspective and become the CEO strategist you need to be.

Here are some key highlights included in the video:

  • Discover the true definition of an Accurate Strategic Thinking CEO and WHY you have to be one to survive and thrive in a turbulent world. (2:50)
  • Identify the three key strategic management skills you were never taught in business school, and now must know to achieve success in these turbulent times. (8:06)
  • Hear the one thing Kodak, Yahoo, and Blackberry did to cause a domino effect, catastrophically demolishing their market position, and what you must do to avoid such a fate (8:20)
  • Discover the six mandatory components for creating strategic awareness and what each can do to create massive results in your business. (8:48)
  • Learn the 2 crucial elements that, if missing, would sink your business, even if you learn everything ever written about business models, systems, thinking and principles. (12:42)
  • Gain an understanding of the one way to create continuous growing income on autopilot, even in a fast-moving world. (16:42)
  • Receive tools to identify why your latest breakthrough idea is not a thriving success (23:55)
  • Receive the one critical mindset mistake causing failure even for accurate strategic thinkers, and how to overcome it. (26:14)

We now invite you to settle in, close the door, turn off the phone, and focus on this video to gain eye-opening knowledge learn the exact methods and for Sustainable and Profitable Growth.

And after you are finished, we encourage you to comment below and share your greatest takeaway.

Click on the link below to watch the video:

What They Don’t Teach You in Business School, Part 1, Changing the Seen and The Unseen

If you have questions or inquiries please contact Carlos Dias directly at carlosd@carlosdias.com.

Strategy Begins and Ends With You...The Leader

Strategy Begins and Ends With You...The Leader

Wisdom from the age of Confucius says,  “If you are the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” 

But should this really be true of every room...even the boardroom when the CEO and leader of a corporate family business, when meeting with her management team?

Of course, it is. 

In our last blog, we talked about the new paradigm of business today, and how you, as CEO, must evolve into being a foresight based strategist, able to see around corners toward new future opportunities. 

As the leader of your corporation, you are in charge of strategy.  You must

  1. Set the strategic tone and direction of the company as a whole
  2. Set the cultural tone
  3. Build  your organizational team to implement the strategy

This does not mean you, as the leader, need to have all of the answers…

Your role as CEO is to ask the right questions and to surround yourself with a Mastermind Group Alliance, your executive management team responsible for deeply knowing their parts of the organization. 

Your Mastermind Group Alliance

If you, as the CEO, are responsible for asking the right questions, it is your Mastermind Group Alliance’s job to provide you with truthful answers so you are making strategic decisions based on reality...and not some fantasy world. 

To do this, you must insist on using Accurate Thinking Processes, a methodology I share in detail in my book The CEO Who Sees Around Corners, and teach in depth in my advisory sessions and corporate programs. 

When you surround yourself with a Mastermind Group Alliance dedicated to the use of Accurate Thinking Processes to provide you answers and ideas based in the reality of your organization, you can finally become the foresight based strategic leader your corporation requires to create prosperous long-term growth and thrive profitably in these fast moving, non-linear times.


Click on the image below to get a copy of the book.

Video Blog: How Outdated Thinking Can Put Your Family Business At Risk

How Outdated Thinking Can Put Your Family Business At Risk


“Strategy development is the most important leadership competency...just 4% of CEOs fall into the strategist category.” 

-       American Management Association, ‘A Global Study of Leadership’ (2005-2015)

Ask yourself honestly…

Are you an accurate, foresight based strategist?  Are the strategies you create for your business based on history, or on your ability to see around corners, and identify opportunities coming toward you? 

For most CEOs, the answer is no...and their businesses are quickly losing momentum and dying because of it.

There is no time like now to change your thinking, grow your leadership, and update your paradigms…

In fact, it is a measure of your business’s life or death.

Why Change?

Many CEOs today learned the rules of business in the 80s and 90s...a time of steady growth, relatively benign competition, and predictable outcomes. 

Back then, prediction and planning was relatively simple.   Creating a 3, 5, and 10 year plan based on historical data was the norm.

We could use the tools and tactics used in business school...the linear equations to develop our expectations of the future.  After all, time and again we had been shown that we could ride the wave of forward momentum by simply focusing on tactics to create better-operating efficiencies. 

Not so today.

In today’s rapidly changing new world order, businesses face an increasingly fast paced and non-linear competitive landscape.  Established brands are crumbling.  Constant connectivity is changing the way our customers relate to us.  Lightening fast innovation favors the start-ups and entrepreneurs with little overhead or obsolete infrastructure.

We are in a new business paradigm.  Business school tactics improved operational efficiencies based on prior year results, and riding a wave of historical momentum will drown any corporation...especially a corporate family business.

To achieve long term profitable growth in this environment, we must focus on strategies.  Leaders must learn to be foresight-based insight strategists.  CEOs must see around corners to identify new and fast approaching opportunities.

The Dumbest Idea In The World

What Jack Welch, former Chairman, and CEO of GE, calls “the dumbest idea in the world” may also be the most critical metric by which we have been judging our business. 

“On the face of it, Shareholder Value is the dumbest idea in the world.  Shareholder value is a result, not a strategy” (italics added for emphasis)

Yet, we learned in business school the maximization of shareholder value is the goal of a business.  And shareholder value tactics and measures often focus only on profitability in the short term

Remember, not all profits are good for your business.  Bad profits kill future profits...because they are focused on a short term surge, versus a long term sustainable strategy. 

In today’s world...focusing on shareholder value is very dangerous. 

Customer Value

Accurate Thinker Strategists understand the concept of shareholder value is a result and not a strategy for a profitable business.   Instead, these strategist CEOs focus on the real goal of business today:

To attract and keep a customer.

Customer value is the critical measure of the sustainability of profits in a business.  By focusing on maximizing bad profits to increase short term shareholder value, we often cannibalize a customer relationship...selling them cheap goods that don’t meet their expectations to earn a high margin and a quick short term profit. 

Today, with so many eager competitors just waiting to take our customers, we must focus on strategies to make our customer relationships long lasting and committed, by innovating based on their needs and desires.  Innovations like these may cost us more in the short term but will create massive customer commitment and referrals over time.

In this video, we delve deeper into these concepts and provide you with examples of companies who have embraced the strategies of the non-linear world and thrived.  Click below to watch this short video.


Debiasing in Action

Debiasing In Action

Most everyone has heard the common definition of Insanity: Insanity is doing something over and over and expecting different results.

Despite this adage being widely recognized as truth, I often see businesses well stuck in the rut of doing things as they have always been done. 

These businesses struggle to create the change necessary to achieve prosperous growth in this modern and fast paced world, due to overlooked and heavily ingrained biases in their organizational structure, their processes, their budgeting and planning decisions, and their hiring practices. 

Often, management and the board are not even aware such deeply ingrained biases even exist. 

In 2017, an interesting article published by McKinsey & Associates (and linked below) highlighted the business case for debiasing in organizational decision making, a key foundational element and focus for my corporate clients committed to upgrading their strategies so they will thrive in our new age of business.

What is Debiasing?

Debiasing describes the use of significant insights from the fields of psychology and behavioral economics to help organizations take as much bias out of risk decisions as possible

The most interesting feature of bias is this: although we recognize bias exists, we often believe we can make rational business decisions without allowing our own biases to impact the decision-making process.  Yet biases often impact us subconsciously, even as we believe we are completely rational. 

Even where debiasing is a primary focus of discussion and training in a business, some processes are so innate to the industry or company, re-engineering or improvements on those processes are never even considered. 

Take budgetary practices, for example.  Even in these turbulent, non-linear times, I see businesses starting their budgeting process with current year results and an assumption that 5% of year over year growth will be approved by the Board.  Then, they ask their sales executives to create a sales budget supporting a 5% increase and ask the other executives to create their budgets supporting a reduction in costs to overcome any margin pressures they may face from suppliers or customers. 

 This budgeting process is the first step in the future year planning process, long before any consideration of accurate thinking and questioning around the market or strategies to attract more customers or keep customers happy.  That is if the perspective of the customer relationship is even considered at all. 

While some more forward thinking organizations do take the first budget and update it based on strategies for growth and investment...their decisions are based first on a bias for maximizing or maintaining short term shareholder value...instead of long term, sustained profitable growth. 

And because budgeting has always been done this way, no one questions the tactic...A deadly mindset in non-linear, turbulent times.

Learning How to Avoid Bias in Decision Making is Urgently Important

McKinsey & Associates interviewed nearly 800 board persons and chairman and found respondents ranked “reducing decision bias” as the number one focus for improving performance. The reason is simple.  Bias can cost companies a lot of money.

In today’s turbulent business environment, bias toward the old way of doing things...whether in hiring (for example, a bias toward hiring only those with college degrees) or using business models created for linear business environments or focusing on cutting costs to maximize profits or focusing on shareholder value instead of customer value...can actually sink a company’s profits and ultimately destroy their business.

When companies seek to take sharp, strategic action against bias, the results of these actions can be quite substantial.   In fact, biases do not only impact decision making...they impact the way we process information and construct strategies as well.  Biases are vast in their origin and impact, and show up in our conscious and unconscious minds.  Thus, awareness alone cannot overcome all bias in our judgments.

A Systematic Approach to DeBiasing in Organizations

As we’ve seen, debiasing in decision making, strategic action, and day to day processes within an organization is necessary in creating impactful change in the sustained profitability in a corporation in these nonlinear times. 

Organizations can take advantage of training to help identify debiasing and to teach their employees how to address conscious and unconscious bias.  However, many innate biases require more than training in order to be dislodged. 

Organizations must take debiasing beyond training and create new methods of identifying issues within their organization, creating alternative options for resolving such issues, and a systematic, unbiased approach to decision making.

As stated in the McKinsey article, “A systematic approach also requires a cultural change within the organization—one that creates demand for debiasing measures and adherence to them.”

The free resources I will share on this blog over the next several weeks will help you identify bias in your organization and begin to create a culture of debiasing in action.  My paid programs go much deeper, allowing CEOs and their corporate leaders to discover precise strategies, tools, and techniques to change their corporate culture, away from bias and towards modern systematic approaches to strategy and decision making for sustained profitable growth in turbulent times.  

Before we move forward, I invite you to delve deeper into the logic of debiasing as documented in this excellent McKinsey article, “The Business Logic for Debiasing”  by Tobias Baer, Sven Heiligtag, and Hamid Samandari and published by McKinsey & Associates in 2017.

Click here for the article.

Video-Blog #4, Managing Through Systems Thinking in Turbulent Times, What They Don’t Teach You in Business School Series, Part III

Video Blog #4

Managing Through Systems Thinking in Turbulent Times

What They Don’t Teach You in Business School Series, Part III

56-minutes duration

Conventional approaches to business planning and strategy will leave many businesses stranded at a competitive disadvantage. Anticipating the future and shaping it ahead of competitors is the new competitive advantage. Two years ago, A.T. Kearney, a respected global management consulting company, asked executives about strategy formulation failures. Most complained that it is an insufficiently inspired, unrealistic, impractical, and detached process due to: lack of understanding of future trends (88%), little understanding of internal capabilities (87%), too much top-down approach (84%), and not enough creative thinking (84%). Are you ready to thrive in a fast-moving world? We hope so!

In this final Part III session, Carlos introduces powerful, proven, and new concepts used by leading companies today through his Strategic Wealth Creator Systemwhich is unique and unlike anything available in the global market today.

So, listen up. In this video blog, you’ll get to eavesdrop as Carlos shows to his mentee John, a Chief Executive Officer, how to use the Strategic Wealth Creator System to create sustainable and profitable growth for your business.

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Video Blog #3, Managing with Purpose & Values, Leading with Vision, What They Don’t Teach You in Business School Series, Part II

Video Blog #3

Managing with Purpose & Values, Leading with Vision

What They Don’t Teach You in Business School Series, Part II

26-minutes duration

In Part I of this series, Carlos covered the importance of developing awareness to capture the essence of what is happening in the world today and to leverage the fantastic opportunities the world is offering you.

In Part II of this series, you’ll learn there’s one critical factor that management needs to focus on first and most if they want to thrive in today’s complex and competitive world. By the way, it’s probably the single biggest determinant of success or failure in business today. Listen to Carlos as he explains what tools do you need to become a great leader.

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Video Blog #2, Changing the Seen & Shaping the Unseen, What They Don’t Teach You in Business School Series, Part I

Video Blog #2

Changing the Seen & Shaping the Unseen

What They Don’t Teach You in Business School Series, Part I

31-minutes duration

In Part I of this series, Carlos will cover the importance of developing business awareness to succeed in a fast-moving world. Are you aware of what might be in your way? Without awareness, there is no choice; as a result, bad things happen!

In Part II, you’ll learn there’s one critical factor that management needs to focus on first, and most, if you want to thrive in today’s complex and competitive world. In fact, it’s probably the single biggest determinant of success or failure in business today: You must manage with purpose and principles, leading with a shared and committed vision for your business. Carlos explains why, and how to accomplish this. 

Finally, in Part III, Carlos will introduce the unique and proven Strategic Wealth Creator Systems™, a step-by-step process he has continuously refined over 34 years as a CEO of multinational companies, later consulting and facilitating groups to design unique business models and competitive strategies.   

Let’s get started, first, with Part I:

Management at most companies today is in denial. Thus, management is short sighted by not having the correct information at hand; managers don’t know what is happening and how today’s events would be reflected in the future. They don’t know if everything they do will work, why do they still do it? Because their decisions are based on wishful thinking.

In business, the most damaging attack is always self-inflicted. That is where the law of incompetence comes into play. It’s a thought bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from the illusion of superiority, mistakenly over-estimating their abilities. So, awareness is essential to succeed in a fast-moving and complex world.

Awareness involves knowing what happens around you and your business. When you and your key people acquire awareness, your business suddenly comes with new ideas, and innovations are constantly generated.

So, listen up. In this video blog, you’ll get to eavesdrop as Carlos shares the 6-steps required for higher awareness with his mentee John, a Chief Executive Officer.

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Video-Blog #1, Grow Your Leadership Mindset The Key to Sustainable Profitable Growth in a Fast-Moving World

Video Blog #1

Grow Your Leadership Mindset

The Key to Sustainable Profitable Growth in a Fast-Moving World

1-hour duration

Global business leaders call on Carlos when they get stuck. Their back story runs to a fairly universal pattern. Cut away the details and it goes something like this. They are frustrated because their business is failing short of its commercial potential. Oh, sure, it’s surviving, maybe even growing, marginally, but high-sustained exponential growth is not happening. These leaders keep bumping their heads against an invisible growth ceiling. They’ve gotten themselves locked into a low-growth pattern and they don’t know why. No matter what they try, they can’t reach escape velocity in their business. Can you relate? Are you seeing a similar pattern in your business?

Now here is the amazing thing. These leaders who need to get unstuck, they’re located all over the world. They’re in every niche of every industry you can think of, every size business, old industries and new, it doesn’t matter, because nine times out of 10 the root cause of their slow growth can be found on this chart. What the chart is saying is that there is a way to change your results if you change the way you think. Conversely, if you don’t change the way you think, then no matter what you do, you’re not likely to change your results much at all.

So, listen up. In this video blog, you’ll get to eavesdrop as Carlos shows to his mentee John, a Chief Executive Officer, how to use this chart to locate the key growth limiting barriers in his business and how to knock over those barriers once and for all.

That is one of, if not the most, important mentoring session Carlos had. Why? Because, Carlos is giving you the secret of leading companies - in other words, why they succeed in a fast-moving world.

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