Are Leaders Born or Are Leaders Made?

My own view is Leaders are like professionals (sports, arts, etc.): Some have more natural talent than others, yet it is the growth in this talent that propels them into a level of mastery. The most important point is we have to want to grow our talent at an emotional level, not a cognitive level, to achieve… [Continue Reading]

The IKEA Effect

The founder of Ikea, Ingvar Kamprad passed away on January 31. His extraordinary success (he was number 10 on the world’s richest persons list) by bringing a new business model to an old category is the stuff of business legends. What was so different about his offering? Vistage’s premier speaker on the art and science… [Continue Reading]

Alchemy for CEOs

In the Middle Ages, Alchemists labored mightily, but in vain, to turn lead into gold.  One Vistage member, speaker and author suggests that CEOs can be modern-day alchemists and achieve a transformation that yields even more value; turning employers into owners. Scot Hunsaker is a ten year plus Vistage member and award-winning 2016 Vistage Breakout Speaker who bought a small… [Continue Reading]

Drucker’s Big Five

It’s hard to believe that the legendary Peter Drucker’s been gone for over a decade; perhaps it’s the timeliness of his work that keeps him top of mind with so many executives. Many companies will be focusing on their strategic plans during December and it’s easy to get lost in the weeds of planning given… [Continue Reading]

A Dearth of Depth

Where have all the leaders gone? Or at the very least, where are they going? The quest for experienced and effective leadership is getting harder… and it is not only the executive search and placement companies taking notice. Companies of all sizes are increasingly finding it difficult to successfully fill their vacant Board and C-Level… [Continue Reading]

525 CEOs Would Like a Word with You

The New York Times’ Adam Bryant wrote “The Corner Office Column” for ten years.  During that time he interviewed 525 CEOs and in his farewell column he summarizes what he learned about these leaders. This article is longer than what is usually offered in this space, but Mr. Bryant does a nice job of extracting… [Continue Reading]

The New Four Horsemen

NYU professor and marketing guru Scott Galloway has penned a book that explores the current and future impact of a group of companies that many call the “new four horsemen of the apocalypse” because of the cataclysmic effect they are having on many industries and many business models. Galloway’s book The Four: The Hidden DNA… [Continue Reading]

Culture Trumps Everything

If you’re not a Vistage member then you may not have benefited from Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky’ s half day deep dive into why “Culture Trumps Everything.” (He was Vistage’s 2013 Speaker of the Year).  We all have heard that culture is important but too many managers don’t really understand why or what to do about… [Continue Reading]

Boss BS (or how to deliver reality)

One of the costs of being the boss is telling employees and others want they don’t want to hear.  As with many things in life, there’s a right and wrong way to deliver reality.   Check out these 21 things bosses say that are total “BS”… and some suggestions for a different approach.  How many of… [Continue Reading]

Elvis Presley, CEO

August 16 was the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley at age 42. (Hard to believe Elvis would be 82 now!)  Much has, is and will be written about “The King” and I will not attempt to recount his astonishing musical career here. But Elvis has much to teach entrepreneurs, marketers and strategists. … [Continue Reading]