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]

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.

Apples or Chewing Gum

Apple’s Iphone, perhaps the most successful consumer product of all time, celebrated its 10th birthday this past week.  You may be aware of the effect it has had on you, but these ten charts from Recode paints a broader and more disruptive picture that may surprise you. Learn how the Iphone has changed our economy… [Continue Reading]