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]

The Art and Science of KPIs: Use Them to Empower your Organization

The CEO’s support and encouragement are vital to enable a culture of successful KPIs for its business. Just think about it. Many individuals believe that financial measures are the ultimate in creating KPIs for your business. How many times do we hear – did we meet our sales goal, how come the gross profit is… [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]

Are You Committed for the Long Term?

Here’s a quick summary of  interesting research done on children who were learning to play a musical instrument.  It turns out that practice and talent were not the final determinants of success in music, but something much more basic.   Find out why if you want to learn a new skill that to a great degree… [Continue Reading]

Have you seen Jim Collins’ 12 GREAT Questions?

Jim Collins has become the pre-eminent management writer of our generation with such works as  Built to Last, Good to Great, How the Mighty Fall and Great by Choice.   In recent years,  has been increasingly queried by executives as to how they could efficiently use this impressive, but voluminous,  body of work with their  teams.… [Continue Reading]

Andrew Carnegie and Napoleon Hill Explain It All For Us!

There are thousands of books on how to create success for yourself, but most of them can trace their ancestry to a unique collaboration between two remarkable men:  Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie.   Carnegie arrived in American as a penniless Scottish immigrant in 1848 and not only created what became US Steel but laid the… [Continue Reading]

Chicken Soup and The Rule of Five for Your Success

Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen became famous (and rich) as the authors of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”   Writing a great book is one thing….getting others to think it might be (and to buy it) is quite another.   They solved their promotional dilemma  by adopting what they call the “Rule of Five”… based on an… [Continue Reading]

Are You a Member of the 8% Club?

Every year, I have good (no I mean great) intentions of achieving my goals for the ensuing year. I even print out my wheel of life (you can find this here) and take an inventory of where I am and where I need to invest some effort to improve my balance.  It takes work yet… [Continue Reading]

Quit Like a Winner

We’ve all been taught that “quitters never win and winners never quit.”    This time worn wisdom sounds great but may not be true according marketing guru Seth Godin who asserts that Winners do quit, and quitters do win. Life  is about making choices because you can’t try everything.  Godin advises that knowing what not to pick and… [Continue Reading]

Getting Better at Getting Better – a/k/a Continuous Improvement

The ever increasing degree of competition in the world means that,  learning and development can never end.  A recent article looks at how the meaning of high performance in the worlds of sports, the arts and finally business ,  and what it now takes to achieve it,  has changed over the years.  The stellar performance of a few… [Continue Reading]