Speaking of Leadership® – Keeping Your Business Models Relevant

Technology and demand for content are disrupting the entertainment business and making life tougher for other content creators and the middlemen.   Maybe you can learn how to change your own business model before time and circumstance make if a matter of life and death by absorbing the lessons of those who are already fighting a pitched… [Continue Reading]

If You Can’t Wait for Karma, Try This

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella garnered some unwelcome publicity this week when he suggested that women in tech should be patient and  wait for “karma” to bring their salaries in line with those of their male counterparts.  Social media quickly excoriated Nadella for his remarks and he has spent the past few days trying to walk back his… [Continue Reading]

Another Lost Art: Political Leadership

The price we pay for technology is that certain art forms go by the wayside.   Email and telephones virtually wiped out letter writing; keyboards made the cursive writing most of us learned a thing of the past. Former assistant director of the CIA looks at another lost art:  political leadership.   In a one page article, Meyer (who at great… [Continue Reading]

Four Reasons Your Strategic Plan Will Fail

We’re almost to the last quarter of the year and many organizations will begin their annual strategic planning ritual.  Before you launch whatever strategy planning process you use, check out this short article in Forbes that offers some cautionary tales about the things that usually take the planning process off the rails, including not understanding the difference… [Continue Reading]

“What I Really Learned from Running 20 Companies”

The problem with taking advice from successful people is that their experience, like everyone’s, is a sample size of one.   You can’t always be sure if a particular executive was smart or lucky based on just one company, or one career.   This is why James Altucher who has run 20 companies and writes for WSJ, Techcrunch, Forbes and Seeking… [Continue Reading]

Sins of Commission(s) – Transactional Leadership vs Transformational Leadership

One of the hardest things for CEOs to get right is how to pay people….but most of them would agree that variable commissions are essential to properly incent sales people.  An Inc Magazine article looks at incentive compensation for sales people and suggests that in companies with good cultures that Sales Commissions Don’t Work (in the… [Continue Reading]

Think Like a CEO: If You Build it, They MIGHT Come

Henry Ford once remarked that he didn’t do market research because if he asked people want they wanted they would have said a faster horse!  He trusted his instinct as to what the customer would want even if they themselves could not articulate it today.  He built it and they came. (Though he did famously get it… [Continue Reading]

Setting Your Team Goals The SMART Way

If I have learned one thing about goal setting, it is harder than we think. In my mind, every one of the goals is achievable, well before the scheduled completion date! But, why do I always fall short? For many, goal setting seems to be a waste of time. Why do we need to plan… [Continue Reading]