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]

Boss BS (or how to deliver reality)

One of the costs of being the boss is telling employees and others want they don’t want to hear.  As with many things in life, there’s a right and wrong way to deliver reality.   Check out these 21 things bosses say that are total “BS”… and some suggestions for a different approach.  How many of… [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]

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]

A Porter Primer

For the past 30 years, Michael Porter of Harvard has been to the study of strategy what W. Edwards Deming was to Total Quality Management.  The size and scope of Porter’s remarkable body of work has, unfortunately, discouraged many from pursuing his contributions to this most important subject. A colleague of Porter’s, however, has done… [Continue Reading]

Hurricanes and their Effects on the Economy

Irma Economics:   Last week, economist Brian Wesbury shared his take on “Harvey Economics;” namely that the reconstruction of the Texas coast will not add that much, if anything, to the economy.    This week as a monster hurricane approaches Florida, he expands on the real economic effects of recovering from disasters. Hurricanes and Energy:  ITR Economics’… [Continue Reading]

Five Things Your Child Should Unlearn to Prepare for the Business World

Many parents are in the process of sending their children off to college; many to their senior year and then to the world of work afterwards.  Given the cost of higher education, it is to be hoped that the young people in your life learned much in the academy that will make them successful. However,… [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]

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]