Progress or Apocalypse?

September 17, 2017 at 3:30 am

Every generation has its world changing vs. world destroying technology. In the 1800’s, it was the train. People genuinely believed that going that quickly would kill you in gruesome ways, such as your body melting. In the 1960’s, we were told getting too close to a television or a microwave oven would give […]

Is it Time for a Different Approach to Strategic Planning?

September 10, 2017 at 3:30 am

This is the time of the year that most companies begin their strategic planning process. While it’s fun to host and participate in an offsite, the end result sadly is often put on a shelf until next year. Mostly the plan is a continuation of the last one, and mostly […]

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

September 3, 2017 at 3:30 am

When the first nationally recognized Labor Day was celebrated in 1894, the day consisted of a street parade sending up a message of “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” (in the words of the AFL). We have come a long way since then. Today most […]

Leadership Quote: You Never See A Conductor…

August 27, 2017 at 3:30 am

This month’s leadership quote: “You never see a conductor play an instrument.” —Larry Steinhauer The intended leadership lesson here is leaders need to do less and lead more. And, like everything else, it depends. Sometimes the exact right thing to do is back off and let other folks lead. And […]

With Diversity, Comes Diversity

August 20, 2017 at 3:30 am

What does this statement even mean? Diverse leadership teams are hard…they are harder to build, are unlikely to come to consensus and are more likely to have conflict. So, why bother? Because… they are harder to build, are unlikely to come to consensus and are more likely to have conflict, […]

Q2 2017 Vistage CEO Confidence Index Results

August 13, 2017 at 3:30 am

Q2 Confidence Index The Vistage Confidence Index was 103.1 in the second quarter, down from 106.9 in the 1st quarter but still well above last year’s 88.0. Q2 2017 Vistage CEO Confidence Index highlights include: 55% of CEOs reported that economy had recently improved, slightly below last quarter’s 59% but […]

What If We Meet Them Where They Are?

August 6, 2017 at 3:30 am

Most of the time, we have an agenda. Whether it is to close a deal, persuade our employees or our customers to “see the light” or simply to win. What if instead, we simply let things unfold at their own pace? What if instead, we seek to understand? What if […]

Leadership Quote: Great Leaders…

July 30, 2017 at 3:30 am

This month’s leadership quote: “Great leaders delegate success, not tasks.” —Anonymous Frequently the leaders I work with tell me they are willing to delegate, as long as they trust the person to whom they are delegating. Makes sense. And yet, what happens when the person they delegate to doesn’t deliver? For […]

Q2 2017 Vistage CEO Confidence Index Results: Strong and Steady

July 23, 2017 at 3:30 am

Q2 Confidence Index CEOs of small and mid-sized companies remain confident in the economy and their business prospects, according to the latest reading of the Vistage CEO Confidence Index. The index measured 106.9 in the first quarter of 2017, a slight increase from the 105.2 measured last quarter (Q4 2016) […]

Who are the UNSUNG heroes working for you?

July 16, 2017 at 3:30 am

We worship winners—especially those who demonstrate leadership, confront a crisis and prevail. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as the hero did not create the crisis in the first place. But what about those who keep crises from erupting at all? Who are the UNSUNG heroes working for you (and […]