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]

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 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]

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]

No Experience Necessary

When hiring salespeople, and others for that matter, we often insist on experience from the same industry we happen to be in.  We hope that such a background will reduce ramp up time, and in the case of salespeople,  that they will be bringing a good prospect list as well.  Vistage Speaker and Executive Recruiter… [Continue Reading]

Econ Recon

A Strange and Powerful Truth:  Alan and Brian Beaulieu of ITR Economics in a short but important blog entry dispel some nonsense about declining American incomes…and issue a warning about the consequences for CEOs of rising ones.  Find out what they have to say about Managing Your Labor Costs. Take a Hike:   Economist Brian Wesbury… [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]

I, Pencil

Those who are concerned that China’s economy will surpass ours should consider the following “required reading.” China just announced to great fanfare that after years of effort and millions in investment, it has managed to produce… a ballpoint pen! (This was accomplished in the US about 80 years ago).  Before you read on, check out… [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]

The Never Ending Danger of Losing Your ‘A’ Employees: Sniffing Out the Quitters

I continually hear from CEOs that it is hard to find A players – we have lots of B’s and C’s and, unfortunately,  these types will not get us to the next level.  Labor markets get tight is already tight in manufacturing and will get tighter elsewhere as the economy continues to expand.   Can you tell… [Continue Reading]