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]

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]

How to Fail In Public

Fear of failure can take a number of forms but the one that keeps many of us from taking a risk is the fear of failing where everyone can see.  A few words from Richard Branson may help.

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 you are heavily involved in… [Continue Reading]

The CEO and Five Hour Workday

If you’re wondering why all the technology hasn’t shortened your work day, maybe you need to look at how you’re working.  One CEO felt that the workday could be cut in half ….and proceeded to do so. This three minute video featuring Stephan Arastol, the CEO of  Tower Paddle Boards  (#239 on the Inc 500… [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]

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 to reassess your company’s talent… [Continue Reading]

Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud

Every CEO should remember the proverb that “every silver lining has a cloud.”  The business translation of this adage was best put by Vistage Speaker Pat Murray who has warned thousands of Vistage members that the “second worst thing that can happened to a company is success.” In that spirit, former PC World Columnist and… [Continue Reading]