Which Is The Winning Strategy? Innovation Or Discipline.

March 4, 2012 at 5:00 am

Lately it seems there is an abundance of books and articles advocating for one or the other.  Jeffrey A. Harris, in his new book Transformative Entrepreneurs,  advocates for innovation. He cites examples of Steve Jobs and Walt Disney and his findings are summarized in this recent Forbes article.  Jim Collins on the other […]

Leadership Quote: The Way You Do Anything…

February 26, 2012 at 5:00 am

This month’s leadership quote:  “The way you do anything, is the way you do everything.” Boaz Rauchwerger, Vistage speaker, attributes this quote to his Mom in his December 5, 2011 newsletter.  The point, she says, is to be excellent at everything. For me, as a leadership coach, this quote raises […]

The Leadership Value Of An Apology

February 19, 2012 at 5:00 am

Tom Searcy is a Vistage speaker who also writes for CBS MoneyWatch.  His recent blog titled “7 Tips on How to Apologize in the Business World” resonated for me, so I thought I would share them. Here are the tips: 1- Separate the apology and the explanation 2-Ask for the discussion, but don’t insist […]

What Results When Leaders Ass-u-me?

February 12, 2012 at 5:00 am

We make assumptions daily, mostly about other people. These assumptions enable us to take shortcuts and keep us moving forward. Or so we think. We assume a person attended or didn’t attend an event because… We assume a person responded to us a certain way, because… We assume a person […]

The Ever Elusive Search For Work-Life-Balance

February 5, 2012 at 5:00 am

For many of us, the holy grail of success is achieving “Work-Life- Balance”. It is a topic of frequent discussion at Vistage meetings and in my leadership coaching sessions. When I start with a new client, this topic is often on the list for discussion. And yet, despite all the […]

The Test Of Time, Continuous Improvement

January 29, 2012 at 5:00 am

All of us who have been in business awhile have either led or experienced the “methodology dejour”. We get all excited about something new we learn about and suddenly it is time to reinvent our companies around this new idea. And, then a week, or a month, or even a few […]

Laws Of Success: The Answers May Surprise You

January 22, 2012 at 5:00 am

I just finished reading Jim Collins’ new book, Great by Choice and as he says, the results may surprise you; they did me. Here’s the good news, if you, as CEO,  have ambition, creativity, vision, insight, a good strategy, are innovative, possess a willingness to take risk; in short, all the typical characteristics we attribute to […]

Questions Of Culture – What Are Yours?

January 15, 2012 at 5:00 am

Despite the sticky unemployment numbers, businesses are hiring. See 9/20/11 Blog “The Economic Shift” for a discussion as to some reasons for this dichotomy. Now, back to the point of this post… I am seeing a lot of discussion about the questions to ask in an interview to learn the fit of […]

Personality Style Drives Choice

January 8, 2012 at 5:00 am

There has been a lot of research over the years about the concept of loss aversion.  This research tells us that we as humans are more likely to prefer choices that avoid a loss than those that achieve a gain. Turns out, research also indicates that our personality style drives […]

Vistage CEO Confidence Index Q42011 Results

January 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

After precipitous declines during the prior two quarters, CEO confidence bounced back at year’s end with the largest quarterly gain since the start of the recovery in 2009. The Vistage CEO Confidence Index was 98.8 in the 4th quarter 2011 survey, up from 83.5 in the 3rd quarter, and reaching […]