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]

Decisions, Decisions

The essence of leadership and management is the ability to make the right decisions.  Much has been written on how to make good decisions but maybe an essential first step is to know the kind of decision you have to make. This short article from HBR offers a Four Step Process to Help Senior Teams… [Continue Reading]

Do Leaders Need Coaches?

All executives should heed Malcolm Gladwell’s warning that “No one — not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses — ever makes it alone.” A recent installment in Vistage Speaker Andi Simon’s new podcast series explores why “Leaders Need Coaches to Succeed.”   Andi invited me explore this topic with her… [Continue Reading]

Cleaning up on Every Aisle

By now you’ve heard at Amazon is paying almost $14 Billion for Whole Foods.  This seems counter intuitive on two fronts: a move into brick and mortar by a firm that has done so much damage to the brick and mortar world ….who is also world famous for low prices buying the highest end grocer… [Continue Reading]

The CEO and Five Hour Workday

If you’re wondering why all the technology hasn’t shortened your work day, maybe you need to look at how you’re working.  One CEO felt that the workday could be cut in half ….and proceeded to do so. This three minute video featuring Stephan Arastol, the CEO of  Tower Paddle Boards  (#239 on the Inc 500… [Continue Reading]

Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud

Every CEO should remember the proverb that “every silver lining has a cloud.”  The business translation of this adage was best put by Vistage Speaker Pat Murray who has warned thousands of Vistage members that the “second worst thing that can happened to a company is success.” In that spirit, former PC World Columnist and… [Continue Reading]

Second Order Consequences and the C-Suite

Being a C-Level Executive means having a point of view about the future.  Many executives limit their thinking about the future to the initial impact of a particular change but don’t think about what happens after that. Business (and life) is often like a row of dominoes:  we push one over and that in turn… [Continue Reading]

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]

Econ Recon

A Strange and Powerful Truth:  Alan and Brian Beaulieu of ITR Economics in a short but important blog entry dispel some nonsense about declining American incomes…and issue a warning about the consequences for CEOs of rising ones.  Find out what they have to say about Managing Your Labor Costs. Take a Hike:   Economist Brian Wesbury… [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.