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COVID-19 has knocked us off our game plan – everything we know about moving forward shattered. Although I have been through some tough times in the past, I don’t fully remember how I responded. This time I am working with a group of CEOs and senior executives, and we are

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Different Boats, Same Storm

Many say we’ll soon return to the way things were previously; others say that we’ll be living in a world changed not only in degree but in kind. If past crises (the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918, World War II, the Great Depression) are any guide, the truth will probably settle

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Zoom Safety “Cheat Sheet”

      It’s difficult to imagine how many of us would get through this COVID-19 work environment without access to tools like WebEx, GoTo Meeting, and most notably Zoom. Zoom’s growth has created some security concerns. Still, Vistage Speaker and IT Security expert Mike Foster has put together a

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The Stockdale Paradox: Embrace the Future and Confront the Reality

  In “Good to Great” Jim Collins identified what he called “Level 5” leadership,  a combination of humility and fierce resolve,  as a required and defining trait of those who built great, enduring companies. One example he shared was the of Admiral William Stockdale, the highest-ranking POW during the Vietnam conflict and how

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Managing Me Under COVID-19

The most important person we ever manage is ourselves.  This is true in normal times but even more important now when fear and uncertainty impair the ability of many to do so.   You can’t lead those around you until you’re managing yourself. Fortunately, our Vistage community is not short of

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Nothing is Ever as Good or as Bad as it Seems.

“Nothing is ever as good or as bad as it seems.” Dr. Scott Galloway From his “No Mercy, No Malice” Blog Author of “The Algebra of Happiness” If you ask older Americans about the best times of their lives, many will point to a crisis of some kind that had

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10,000 Hours and Now an Expert

Becoming an expert is difficult to do. Conventional wisdom, initially discovered by Anders Ericsson, says it takes 10,000 hours of study to be an authority in a particular topic. For 18 years, I taught leadership at a superb graduate school in Boston – Brandeis University, located in Waltham, Massachusetts. If

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Storytelling and Story Tellers: Every Leader’s Responsibility

The power of storytelling for leaders has been featured in this space in the past, but many CEOs and C-Level executives aren’t sure how to become a good storyteller. The good news is that it just takes a desire to do so, a little practice and following the tips in this recent Forbes

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The Other Side of Clarity – Warren Bennis

One of the greatest management writers, Warren Bennis, once remarked that “leaders bring clarity.”   Perhaps one of the most important ways this happens is identifying what a company stands for (values) and how it’s going to make money (strategy).  The problem is that everyone in the organization may bring their own interpretation

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Amazon’s Real End Game

If you are at all familiar with the history of business you know Rockefeller’s  Standard Oil, Carnegie Steel, Ford, and JP Morgan’s banking empire changed forever the business landscape and created in large measure the world we know today.  No doubt Amazon will be included in this commercial pantheon when

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