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]

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]

The Art and Science of KPIs: Use Them to Empower your Organization

The CEO’s support and encouragement are vital to enable a culture of successful KPIs for its business. Just think about it. Many individuals believe that financial measures are the ultimate in creating KPIs for your business. How many times do we hear – did we meet our sales goal, how come the gross profit is… [Continue Reading]

Some Obvious Advice and “The Dark Playground”

Remember the old adage of “How do you eat an elephant?”  Answer:  “One bite at a time!”  But how do you get those massive projects started?   Check out this obvious, but worthwhile advice in this one-page article from Inc Magazine. …and if today isn’t the day to stop procrastinating, soothe your conscience by taking fifteen… [Continue Reading]

HAPPINESS: The Data Are In!

How will 2016 be different from the years before it for you?   Would you settle for being happy as well as being productive and effective? If so, this 12 minute TED Talk summarizes 70 years of research on what made people happy whether rich or poor.  A group of young men was selected in the… [Continue Reading]

Walt Disney – His First Vision and His Future Vision

The year 2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s passing (that makes a boomer feel old!).   After his death, several CEOs tried various departures from Disney’s original vision.   In recent years, the company has returned to its roots of focusing on great content in general, and superb storytelling in particular.     Walt not only intended… [Continue Reading]

Why Do CEOs Get Fired?

Invariably we read about a CEO leaving a company, and words used in the announcement make it sound like Company growth was not fast enough or the earnings could/should have been better.  Boards are magnificent at masking the true reason CEOs get fired – afraid to hurt their feelings.  When we strip away the masked… [Continue Reading]

To Be a Good CEO, Be a Navy Seal

The most important thing we ever manage is ourselves.    Serial Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler who founded Marquis Jet (and sold it to Warren Buffet) and  Zico Cocoanut  Water (which he sold to Coca-Cola) felt he was getting stale and needed a coach….so he invited a Navy Seal to move in with him.   The interesting and basic… [Continue Reading]

FAO Schwarz: Another Rise and Fall

FAO Schwarz, the legendary toy story in New York that was immortalized by Tom Hanks playing the “ floor piano” with his feet in the movie “Big,”  closed this week after operating since 1870 and boasting 40 stores at its peak.  Its demise is attributed to some of the same forces that have claimed other… [Continue Reading]