Are YOU “Principled?”

Learning from the experience of others is useful, but it’s important to learn the right lessons.   Everyone’s experience is a sample size of one, and it’s important to learn the right lessons from that experience. The founder of one of the world’s most successful hedge funds, Bridgewater, is Ray Dalio.  He nearly went broke in the… [Continue Reading]

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 the weeds of planning given… [Continue Reading]

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, scientists create hypotheses to explain… [Continue Reading]

Your Five Contributions

Peter Drucker once suggested that the most important question executives can ask themselves is “What can I contribute?” As important as the question is, each of should realize that we are capable of several types of contribution; five to be exact according marketing blogger Seth Godin. His brief enumeration and description of each will give… [Continue Reading]

A Dearth of Depth

Where have all the leaders gone? Or at the very least, where are they going? The quest for experienced and effective leadership is getting harder… and it is not only the executive search and placement companies taking notice. Companies of all sizes are increasingly finding it difficult to successfully fill their vacant Board and C-Level… [Continue Reading]

525 CEOs Would Like a Word with You

The New York Times’ Adam Bryant wrote “The Corner Office Column” for ten years.  During that time he interviewed 525 CEOs and in his farewell column he summarizes what he learned about these leaders. This article is longer than what is usually offered in this space, but Mr. Bryant does a nice job of extracting… [Continue Reading]

The New Four Horsemen

NYU professor and marketing guru Scott Galloway has penned a book that explores the current and future impact of a group of companies that many call the “new four horsemen of the apocalypse” because of the cataclysmic effect they are having on many industries and many business models. Galloway’s book The Four: The Hidden DNA… [Continue Reading]

Culture Trumps Everything

If you’re not a Vistage member then you may not have benefited from Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky’ s half day deep dive into why “Culture Trumps Everything.” (He was Vistage’s 2013 Speaker of the Year).  We all have heard that culture is important but too many managers don’t really understand why or what to do about… [Continue Reading]

Elvis Presley, CEO

August 16 was the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley at age 42. (Hard to believe Elvis would be 82 now!)  Much has, is and will be written about “The King” and I will not attempt to recount his astonishing musical career here. But Elvis has much to teach entrepreneurs, marketers and strategists. … [Continue Reading]

Decisions, Decisions

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 Process to Help Senior Teams… [Continue Reading]