Uncomfortable Deeds

“Winners do things others won’t” is an adage that has stood the test of time.  It seems intuitive, but just what ARE some of those things? They will undoubtedly vary from person to person, but Dr. Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, offers a list that may be common to all.  Check out his… [Continue Reading]

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 matters but maybe not in… [Continue Reading]

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 explore this topic with her… [Continue Reading]

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 your life.  You may recognize… [Continue Reading]

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]

Mark Cuban: Moving from Bartender to Titan

Mark Cuban is best known as the founder of Broadcast.Com, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a regular on “Shark Tank.”   What you may not know is that after graduating from college he launched his tech career by becoming…. a bartender.   Check out this summary of the rest of his story; specifically  how he,… [Continue Reading]

Are You Committed for the Long Term?

Here’s a quick summary of  interesting research done on children who were learning to play a musical instrument.  It turns out that practice and talent were not the final determinants of success in music, but something much more basic.   Find out why if you want to learn a new skill that to a great degree… [Continue Reading]