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One on One Coaching

Bill Werder started having regular meetings with top managers, and now has toughened up

Bill Werder, owner and CEO of Avanti Marble & Granite, arrives in the Owings Mills (Md.) office where he's meeting his coach, Alan Dobzinski. After talking briefly about revenue gains, Werder, 47, tells Dobzinski that he asked two of Avanti's finance executives for more regular updates on the company's financial position and sales outlook.

"First of all, good job," says Dobzinski. "You had to be clear on what you wanted."