Robert Brodo

Robert Brodo is co-founder of Advantexe. He has more than 20 years of training and business simulation experience.
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3 Ways Developing Empathy Supports Business Acumen

By Robert Brodo | Apr 8, 2021 7:37:37 AM

Earlier today, I was co-facilitating a leadership development workshop for a group of global leaders intensely preparing and developing their skills to be more effective leaders both today and tomorrow.

One of the discussion topics of the day was developing empathy skills. As I was listening to my co-facilitator do a great job of explaining the concepts and engaging with the group, I started to notice the dialogue in the group and among participants was different than any I have ever heard before. In listening to the great conversations, I picked up on two interesting themes coming from 42 leaders in the virtual session:

  1. The group had a deeper sense of the value of themselves than I’ve ever experienced.
  2. They had a purer empathy for others than I’ve ever heard.
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3 Ways the Pandemic has Changed Transparency in Business

By Robert Brodo | Apr 2, 2021 7:52:29 AM

Even before the pandemic, transparency was an overused, misunderstood buzzword that too many leaders and businesses used as a marketing tool and not a leadership tool. Whether it is used to position a low-quality consumer product trying to compete against a superior product by slapping a new label on a package or a senior leader feigning concern while really trying to push for more production, the term transparency is used too often when someone is actually not being transparent.

“I am going to be transparent here when I say…” is a scary way to start a sentence. So, let me get this straight, you are only transparent when you are telling me you are being transparent and the rest of the times you are hiding something?

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The Business Acumen Impacts of Supply Chain Disruption

By Robert Brodo | Mar 30, 2021 8:02:45 AM

Anyone with access to the internet has seen the pictures of the cargo ship that ran aground  and blocked the Suez Canal for almost a week. Another in a seemingly non-stop series of issues that have included a year-long global pandemic, terrible seasonal weather, container shortages, earthquakes, fires, and tsunamis that has caused havoc on the global supply chain.

As we come to the end of the 1st quarter 2021, the global supply chain has taken a beating and business leaders with strong Business Acumen are already looking ahead and planning to create competitive advantage.

At Advantexe, we have the privilege of working with more than 50 global clients across a dozen different industries and we are seeing and hearing about some of the unique challenges that are being faced.

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Introducing the “Persevere – Pivot – Learning Conundrum”

By Robert Brodo | Mar 26, 2021 9:00:36 AM

One of the many great benefits of delivering business simulation-centric leadership development workshops is that I get to facilitate a workshop connection almost every day now. And if I’m lucky, I can do two or three sessions in 24-hour global day that starts in Europe and ends in Asia. The conversations, insights, and learnings by participants has been amazing and there are days where I learn as much about Business Leadership and Business Acumen as do our participants.

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Q1 Earnings Calls - 5 Key Elements to Decode

By Robert Brodo | Mar 23, 2021 8:18:43 AM

Last week, I published a blog about The Business Acumen Needed to Understand the Last 2 Weeks of Q1, 2021 which shared insights about the things to look out for from a decision making perspective as most company’s closed the first quarter of 2021.

I received a lot of great feedback and requests for a follow-up as several current and past participants of our Business Acumen programs are getting ready to apply their skills to their own company’s upcoming Q1 earnings call. The most popular request was for me to share my predictions and the common themes and what to listen for so it is my pleasure to do so.

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