The Passion Trap

“Follow your passion”  may be in the top ten entries for career advice.  It may also be the most dangerous. This short article from Forbes, “Why Following Your Passion is Dead”, takes this advice to task as nearly certain to ruin or at least damage lives and careers. The author’s challenge to Steve Jobs’ widely viewed… [Continue Reading]

What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Apple made history this week by becoming the first company to achieve a trillion dollar market cap.  Given Apple’s success in recent years, you might not be surprised that it passed this milestone, but it’s 40 year history has not been a straight upward sloping line. There was a time when Apple was nearly bankrupt… [Continue Reading]

5 Communication Practices That Set Leaders Apart

Moving into a leadership position comes with a collection of additional responsibilities and (often) unspoken expectations. When communicating as a leader, you must constantly be aware of the intricate details of your own behavior. It’s essential to communicate in a way that will be heard, understood, and encourage action. Not every leader is born with… [Continue Reading]

The “Dottie Test”

As organizations grow and C-Level executives become busier they often lose sight of the team members who occupy the lower rungs of an ever-growing org chart. Charles Schwab CEO Walt Bettinger shared a valuable lesson in a  NY Times Interview which taught him “you should never lose sight of people who do the real work.”  The… [Continue Reading]

Bill and TED’s Excellent Playlist

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates not only revolutionized, some say invented, the personal computer industry as we know it, he is also making a significant impact on the world through the Gates Foundation run by him and his wife Melinda. Whatever his endeavors, he has learned to rely on facts. To wit, this short article from Inc… [Continue Reading]

The Leadership Journey: How to Communicate so People Will Listen

I have been hanging around the leadership arena for many years, and I can’t tell you how many mistakes I have made along the way with my communications. Why is this so? I know what to do, but my mind races ahead. I recognize I have the words to say what I want.  The only… [Continue Reading]

The IKEA Effect

The founder of Ikea, Ingvar Kamprad passed away on January 31. His extraordinary success (he was number 10 on the world’s richest persons list) by bringing a new business model to an old category is the stuff of business legends. What was so different about his offering? Vistage’s premier speaker on the art and science… [Continue Reading]

American Gentlemen

The #MeToo Movement began in 2017 with the revelations of the actions of Harvey Weinstein and others who used their positions of power to sexually harass the women around them. WSJ columnist and Reagan White House speech writer Peggy Noonan reflects on this travesty, reminding us that this is an old problem, and she suggests an… [Continue Reading]

Alchemy for CEOs

In the Middle Ages, Alchemists labored mightily, but in vain, to turn lead into gold.  One Vistage member, speaker and author suggests that CEOs can be modern-day alchemists and achieve a transformation that yields even more value; turning employers into owners. Scot Hunsaker is a ten year plus Vistage member and award-winning 2016 Vistage Breakout Speaker who bought a small… [Continue Reading]

Future Regrets

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;”  a list that is  profound,… [Continue Reading]