Your Eight Bad Habits

The most important person we ever manage is ourselves.   To the extent that “habits are the magistrates of our lives,” taking a hard look at what gets in our way of adopting  good ones and shedding bad ones seems a good prescription.  This article from Forbes enumerates Eight Habits that don’t usually make most people’s… [Continue Reading]

Got Peers?

If you’re reading this  and have not availed yourself of membership in Vistage or other C-Level Peer Group,  take a few minutes for an overview of peer power by a man who literally wrote the book on the subject.   Leo Bottary, author of  “The Power of Peers” was recently interviewed on a major Midwest radio… [Continue Reading]

Warren Buffett’s 50% Rule

We think of Warren Buffett’s success as being due to his prowess as a stock picker.   You might be surprised to hear the advice that Buffett gave to a group of Columbia Business school students that he predicted would enhance their value in the marketplace by 50%.   This one-page article from INC reveals what the… [Continue Reading]

Some Obvious Advice and “The Dark Playground”

Remember the old adage of “How do you eat an elephant?”  Answer:  “One bite at a time!”  But how do you get those massive projects started?   Check out this obvious, but worthwhile advice in this one-page article from Inc Magazine. …and if today isn’t the day to stop procrastinating, soothe your conscience by taking fifteen… [Continue Reading]

The Core of Leadership – Trust

Trust is the glue that holds our leadership together.  In a world of science and big data, we’d like to be able to reduce “trust” to an equation; but according to master marketer Seth Godin, that level of objectivity is not to be expected.  Godin suggests that “trust” comes from some uniquely human (and, therefore, subjective)… [Continue Reading]

“Exactly the Right Words, Exactly the Right Way”

Speaking of Presidents…..It’s hard to believe that it’s been thirty years since the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986, when seven astronauts, including the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe, died tragically when the space shuttle exploded minutes after liftoff.  That evening, then president Ronald Reagan delivered an unforgettable  4-minute message to a shocked and… [Continue Reading]

Why Do CEOs Get Fired?

Invariably we read about a CEO leaving a company, and words used in the announcement make it sound like Company growth was not fast enough or the earnings could/should have been better.  Boards are magnificent at masking the true reason CEOs get fired – afraid to hurt their feelings.  When we strip away the masked… [Continue Reading]

To Be a Good CEO, Be a Navy Seal

The most important thing we ever manage is ourselves.    Serial Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler who founded Marquis Jet (and sold it to Warren Buffet) and  Zico Cocoanut  Water (which he sold to Coca-Cola) felt he was getting stale and needed a coach….so he invited a Navy Seal to move in with him.   The interesting and basic… [Continue Reading]

Mark Cuban: Moving from Bartender to Titan

Mark Cuban is best known as the founder of Broadcast.Com, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a regular on “Shark Tank.”   What you may not know is that after graduating from college he launched his tech career by becoming…. a bartender.   Check out this summary of the rest of his story; specifically  how he,… [Continue Reading]

Have You Identified Your “Why”?

Successful people usually have a well-defined purpose in life.  That they have one and that it’s well defined is usually quite clear, but how he or she arrived at it often isn’t.    Here’s a compelling graphic that may help you or a young person in your life understand how to uncover a life purpose by… [Continue Reading]