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.

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]

Do the Exit Interview FIRST

Most CEOs know that job tenure is far less today than the “lifetime employment” of generations past;  but if so, why not find out what the prospect intends to do AFTER they leave your employment.  That’s what LinkedIn’s head of recruiting was challenged to do by his CEO.  Maybe you should too.  Check out this short… [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]

“What’s Well Begun…..

……Is half done”, goes the popular saying.  This appears to apply to child raising as well. As a leader of your organization, do you ponder why some employees are more successful than others?  Perhaps, just perhaps it dates back to our childhood.  Check out this recap of 13 findings (with links to the underlying research) regarding… [Continue Reading]

Risk – An Important Variable of Our Success: Lessons From Portfolio Managers

Successful wealth managers usually have a consistent discipline about investing, and especially regarding risk.   One CEO of an investment advisory firm thinks you should reflect on ANY risk like an investor.  This short article may help you reduce the downside of your next initiative. CEOs everywhere want to be successful and often when feeling under… [Continue Reading]