What Is The Business Practice All Leaders Do And Everyone Says They Hate…

August 5, 2012 at 5:00 am

What is the business practice everyone does and everyone says they hate? MEETINGS! How often do we hear, I hate meetings? And yet, how do most leaders spend most of their time? In meetings. Most of us accept that, as leaders, we need meetings to communicate and get things done […]

Leadership Quote: Giving People Permission To Fail…

July 29, 2012 at 5:00 am

This month’s leadership quote: Giving people permission to fail is more important than giving them the tools to succeed. In my experience as a leadership coach, many, if not most leaders, struggle with this one. We often know the answer and are quick to give it. Or, even step in when we see […]

Is Your Leadership Team Your Co-Advisor Or ?

July 22, 2012 at 5:00 am

Businesses are assets, right? What might happen if we followed the best practices of investment management in running them? When we hire an advisor to manage our traditional portfolio of stocks and bonds, the first thing they want to know is the answer to the following  two questions: Will you […]

Consensus Equals Beige

July 15, 2012 at 5:00 am

When a leader asks for input and then makes a decision, the result is vivid color, i.e. a better decision. It is a better decision for lots of reasons. First and foremost, your team feels valued when they are asked to participate in the decision process. Second, there is value […]

Leadership Habit: Because That's The Way We've Always Done It….

July 8, 2012 at 5:00 am

Several years ago, I was working with a key executive who had been in his position for many years. We were discussing the way things were done in his department and every time I asked him the reason why they did something a particular way, his answer was “because that’s […]

Vistage Confidence Index Results – CEO Confidence Dips

July 6, 2012 at 6:00 am

The quarterly Vistage CEO Confidence Index is now available  Here are some highlights: The  Confidence Index was 92.8 in the 2nd quarter 2012 survey, down from 105.1 in the 1st quarter of 2012, repeating the same pattern of decline recorded in the first half of 2011 (105.2 in the 1st […]

Leading Change, When Is Enough, Enough?

July 1, 2012 at 5:00 am

Leaders drive change in their businesses for a variety of reasons; the two primary reasons are: When the leader sees opportunities the current structure does not support When industry changes threaten the current business model Both of these scenarios create a sense of urgency on the part of most leaders […]

Leadership Quote: I Am Part Of All Whom I Have Met….

June 24, 2012 at 5:00 am

This month’s leadership quote:  I am part of all whom I have met. – Alfred Lord Tennyson. One of the greatest lessons I have learned since becoming a Vistage Chair is this one. How many times do we as leaders say to ourselves,  “I am different, they are different, that is the reason […]

When Is It The Leader's Job To Build Creative Confidence?

June 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Do you divide your team  into “creatives” and ” practical” people? If so, are you  missing out on the creative ideas of the other half? If you ask David Kelley, founder of IDEO, and winner of countless innovation awards including Fast Company’s Top 25 Most Innovative companies, he will say […]

Another View On Leadership, Is Boring Better??

June 10, 2012 at 5:00 am

When discussing the  characteristics of great leaders – words  like inspirational, charismatic, brilliant, innovative often come up. Boring, on the other hand, is not typically a descriptor of great leaders. Which is why when I saw this article by Joel Stein, entitled Boringness: The Secret to Great Leadership, I paused… […]