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
Is Your Strategy Scientific?
Most of us realize that thanks to science, and perhaps more importantly, scientific method, that we enjoy a level of technology and therefore comfort that the kings and queens of a century ago would have envied. Maybe we should apply the scientific method to how we run our businesses. Specifically,
Regrets about the past often paralyze us. We often say, “If I had only known…” Usually these regrets are about “significant events” and “big deals.” Maybe a change in focus about what is truly significant will help you avoid the Ten Regrets Too Many People Will Have in Ten Years;”
The essence of leadership and management is the ability to make the right decisions. Much has been written on how to make good decisions but maybe an essential first step is to know the kind of decision you have to make. This short article from HBR offers a Four Step
The Passion Trap
“Follow Your Passion”….. “Do What You Love”….. “Build It and They Will Come.” These phrases have practically become big laws of career wisdom; but do they really lead to success? Many would-be entrepreneurs have found that starting businesses by following their passion results in no one following them. Ultimately, passion
Do Leaders Need Coaches?
All executives should heed Malcolm Gladwell’s warning that “No one — not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses — ever makes it alone.” A recent installment in Vistage Speaker Andi Simon’s new podcast series explores why “Leaders Need Coaches to Succeed.” Andi invited me
Queen Mary Requests Your Presence
The two most eagerly awaited events every spring are the opening of baseball season and Mary Meeker’s, (aka Queen of the Internet,) annual Internet Trends presentation. As the lead internet analyst at VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, millions of business people rely on her analysis and predictions. Whether
Cleaning up on Every Aisle
By now you’ve heard at Amazon is paying almost $14 Billion for Whole Foods. This seems counter intuitive on two fronts: a move into brick and mortar by a firm that has done so much damage to the brick and mortar world ….who is also world famous for low prices
A Graduation Gift…
It’s commencement time and whether your child is in high school, off to college, headed to a summer internship, or off to conquer the world, here is collection of my favorite commencement speaker advice and a few other observations that you may wish to share with the young people in
Defy the Gap!
Professional sports team employ full time talent scouts. Do you? You may not need to go as far as the sports team do in this regard, but with the economy at near full employment, all the low hanging fruit has moved further up the tree. Wouldn’t you be well served