Affiliations: Enterprise Support Systems, Norcross, GA, USA
Note:  Corresponding author: W.B. Rouse, Enterprise Support Systems,
3295 River Exchange Drive, Suite 380, Norcross, GA 30092, USA, E-mail:
Abstract: Executives and senior managers often serve many constituencies and
face numerous pressures to perform. These well-intentioned and intelligent
people search for an acceptable, and hopefully profitable, middle ground amidst
these constituencies and pressures. This search is far from aimless or random.
There are common patterns and most executives and senior managers face similar
problems or challenges. This article focuses on these common challenges.
Uncovering and delineating these challenges, as well as how numerous
enterprises address them, leads to a compilation of best practices. This
compilation is intended as guideline "notes" to assist all managers in
addressing those things that keep them awake at night.