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]

Surfer Dude Sales Advice

Great advice can come from unexpected quarters if we are ready for it.  To wit:  check out this short story about how a father’s advice created a great salesman and how we often make our jobs harder than they need to be.  Consider some surfer dude sales advice before you make your next sales call.

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]

I, Pencil

Those who are concerned that China’s economy will surpass ours should consider the following “required reading.” China just announced to great fanfare that after years of effort and millions in investment, it has managed to produce… a ballpoint pen! (This was accomplished in the US about 80 years ago).  Before you read on, check out… [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]

Linking Business Performance to KPIs – Professionally and Personally

Every business leader needs to organize a set of KPIs. These KPIs have two purposes: 1) track the progress of business, and 2) motivate the organization to s t r e t c h, and achieve its maximum performance. Where Do You Start? Begin with a few KPIs; five is a good number. Choose KPIs… [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]

HAPPINESS: The Data Are In!

How will 2016 be different from the years before it for you?   Would you settle for being happy as well as being productive and effective? If so, this 12 minute TED Talk summarizes 70 years of research on what made people happy whether rich or poor.  A group of young men was selected in the… [Continue Reading]

Who Would Ever had Thought: An MBA from Netflix

If you don’t have the time or money for that MBA, there are any number of online courses (Coursera) you can take.    Added to these course offerings are a dozen Netflix documentaries about the people that have built organizations and how they created and managed these companies…..and themselves.  Check out these  “12 Documentaries on Netflix… [Continue Reading]

Access to Six Figure Consultants: Here They Are

Michael Milken (of Wall Street Fame) holds the Milken Conference each year featuring dozens of the world’s best known entrepreneurs, scientists, financiers, researchers and other notables in hour long seminars on topics such as financial markets, the economy, medicine, Millennials, health care and much more.  Most of us can not afford to hire these individuals to… [Continue Reading]