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191. Best of 2023 - How to make a strong start as a CEO

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In this episode, we share advice and insights for new CEOs about how they can make a strong start in the role. Sean Brown is joined by Carolyn Dewar, a senior partner in our San Francisco office who is the founder and co-leader of our CEO Excellence Practice. She is also a co-author of last year’s NY Times bestseller, CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest. Joining Carolyn is Kurt Strovink, a senior partner in our New York office and co-leader of our global CEO initiative. He serves as a counselor to CEOs across industries and is a co-author, with Carolyn, of the article, Starting strong: Making your CEO transition a catalyst for renewal. Join our LinkedIn community of more than 87,000 members and follow us on X at @McKStrategy.  Explore more Inside the Strategy Room episode transcripts on If you would like to receive alerts on our latest insights, you can sign up at  Discover our latest insights and join more than 90,000 influential professionals who are part of our LinkedIn community.: See for privacy information

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