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]

Have you seen Jim Collins’ 12 GREAT Questions?

Jim Collins has become the pre-eminent management writer of our generation with such works as  Built to Last, Good to Great, How the Mighty Fall and Great by Choice.   In recent years,  has been increasingly queried by executives as to how they could efficiently use this impressive, but voluminous,  body of work with their  teams.… [Continue Reading]

Andrew Carnegie and Napoleon Hill Explain It All For Us!

There are thousands of books on how to create success for yourself, but most of them can trace their ancestry to a unique collaboration between two remarkable men:  Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie.   Carnegie arrived in American as a penniless Scottish immigrant in 1848 and not only created what became US Steel but laid the… [Continue Reading]

Chicken Soup and The Rule of Five for Your Success

Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen became famous (and rich) as the authors of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”   Writing a great book is one thing….getting others to think it might be (and to buy it) is quite another.   They solved their promotional dilemma  by adopting what they call the “Rule of Five”… based on an… [Continue Reading]