Are Leaders Born or Are Leaders Made?

My own view is Leaders are like professionals (sports, arts, etc.): Some have more natural talent than others, yet it is the growth in this talent that propels them into a level of mastery. The most important point is we have to want to grow our talent at an emotional level, not a cognitive level, to achieve… [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]

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]

Seven Best Business Decisions of All Time

A few years back Vern Harnish (“Rockefeller Habits”, “Scaling Up , “Gazelles”) shared what he thought were the seven best business decisions of all time in a short video.  At the end, he commented that 6 of the 7 decisions had one thing in common. See if you can identify it before he reveals it; then ask… [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]

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]

Uncomfortable Deeds

“Winners do things others won’t” is an adage that has stood the test of time.  It seems intuitive, but just what ARE some of those things? They will undoubtedly vary from person to person, but Dr. Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, offers a list that may be common to all.  Check out his… [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.