Quiet Ones in Charge
One trait we don’t normally associate with great leaders is introversion. Instead, leaders are often chosen for a winning, outgoing personality, which, sadly, sometimes is all that disguises an “empty suit.” Recent research from the Harvard Business Review may give cheer to introverts and a new perspective to those hiring
20 Executives Share Lessons They Wish They Could Have Told Their Younger Selves
What You Might Some Day Tell Yourself: In addition to what CEOs think you should read, here’s the advice they would give their 22 year old selves if they could go back and offer themselves a stern warning.
Mentoring and coaching are usually thought of as an older, more experienced person guiding a younger inexperienced person. However, in a time of a great change, it may make sense for the senior person to have a junior coaching him or her as the young generally do better adapting to,
Eat Last, Don’t Learn Last
An old leadership proverb is that “leaders eat last” and a new book bearing that title by Simon Sinek explores the topic well. However, one area where leaders “eat last” at their peril is failing to invest in their own development as well as that of their team. Vistage’s Chief Research Officer, Joe
Managing & Leading: What are the Differences?
I often get confused between Managing and Leading – after all aren’t they one and the same? I soon discovered that managing is squeezing efficiency out of the system. It is largely about productivity – how can I get more units of output per labor hour. How do you think
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
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
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
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
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