Steve Jobs – What Else He Got Wrong

Forbes featured an article about the unfortunate health care choices that Apple founder Steve Job had made that many feel led to his untimely death. (see  What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us All About Our Own Health Care ). Despite his legendary success and contributions,  it may also be fairly asked if at times he succeeded in spite of his management… [Continue Reading]

Quit Like a Winner

We’ve all been taught that “quitters never win and winners never quit.”    This time worn wisdom sounds great but may not be true according marketing guru Seth Godin who asserts that Winners do quit, and quitters do win. Life  is about making choices because you can’t try everything.  Godin advises that knowing what not to pick and… [Continue Reading]

Do You Have an Open Office Trap?

Nearly 70% of all offices feature an “open floor” plan without private offices.  Earlier this year, a New Yorker magazine article asserted that the open office may be a contributor to a sense of shared mission, but recent studies show that there may be a real cost in terms of health (both organizational and personal) and performance.  … [Continue Reading]

Poison Pills and Obstacle Courses

A poison pill  is a tactic used by a publicly held company threatened with an unwelcome takeover bid to make itself unattractive to the bidder. Beach obstacles are intended to slow down an invading force. Nationally known IT Security Expert and speaker Mike Foster thinks you should be presenting a wide variety of both to those who would attempt  an invasion of your… [Continue Reading]

Are You the Bottleneck?

Peter Drucker once remarked that, when it came to a company’s overall performance,  the “bottleneck is always at the top of the bottle.”  Does that describe your impact on your company?  In the long run, companies won’t be better than their leadership and that means continual learning.   This article from Entrepreneur magazine suggests one way for you… [Continue Reading]

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]