Want Greater Success? Nurture Your Butterflies

December 25, 2011 at 5:00 am

Good leaders always strive to have butterflies in their stomach, says Kathleen L. Flanagan, president and chief executive of Abt Associates, a $450mm consultancy firm. When we are out of our comfort zone, we have the greatest opportunity for success. It’s when we become complacent and run on auto-pilot that we […]

Take A Pause And Avoid Missing Out-Of-Context Opportunities

December 18, 2011 at 5:00 am

I’m hoping everyone “pauses” long enough to read this piece… Because, on the surface, this story is about “pauses” in our life. Or is it really about the importance of context? It may be about both. Either way, as leaders, it is worth considering, as we rush through our lives, […]

In The Search For Self-Improvement, Don’t Forget To Celebrate Your Genius

December 11, 2011 at 5:00 am

The notion that we can constantly make ourselves better, in theory, is a great idea. But when does it become too much? For me, the best way to answer this question is to notice our strengths and work to enhance them. In my Vistage work and as a leadership coach […]

The Shared Experience Of Absurdity

December 4, 2011 at 5:00 am

This week’s post is in honor of Michael Allosso, whose Vistage talk for CEOs and Key Executives is titled “You on Your Best Day.” Michael teaches us that the difference between a good leader and a great leader is the ability to improvise and gently push people out of their […]

Laws Of Success: When Is It the CEO's Job To Create Drama?

November 29, 2011 at 5:00 am

Recently, one of our Vistage speakers, Don Schmincke, spoke to my CEO group on “Discovering The Leader’s Code:  Ancient Secrets For Executive Performance.” The primary message Don drives home is the importance of having a positive Leadership Saga – because, in the absence of drama created by the leader, your […]

Which False Business Gods Are You Worshipping?

November 22, 2011 at 5:00 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 […]

Laws Of Success: Don’t Miss That Turn!

November 15, 2011 at 5:00 am

Too often, our beliefs and assumptions get in the way of spotting new opportunities—even opportunities of a lifetime. These filters, often based on life experiences, may have served us well in the past, but are they still useful in making today’s choices? As a leadership coach, the question I ask […]

Doodlers Unite: Do It Proudly!

November 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

While there have been many negative definitions of doodling throughout time, I am drawn to this positive definition offered by Sunni Brown in a recent TED talk. “To Doodle: to make spontaneous marks to help yourself think; a preemptive measure to stop you from losing focus.” I often find myself […]

Sight Over Sound: When Face-To-Face Communication Improves Negotiation

November 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Mode of communication matters! So say Kellogg School of Management professors Roderick Swaab, Adam D. Galinsky, Victoria Medvec and Daniel Diermeier. In research described in the article below, the Northwestern University team discovered, not surprisingly, that face-to-face communication is critical to negotiation in two circumstances. When two parties don’t know […]

Weird Or Just Different? The Flip Side Of Your Business

October 18, 2011 at 5:15 am

“There’s a flip side to everything,” the saying goes. Or, as Derek Sivers makes clear in his two-minute TED speech, “Whatever brilliant idea you have or hear, the opposite might also be true.” Take just two of your own minutes, and think about it: What is the flip side of […]