Leadership Quote: We Are What We Think…

April 29, 2012 at 5:00 am

This month’s leadership quote: We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.  – Dhammapada We hear quotes like this  from Vistage speakers, about the power of positivity, about trusting the universe and focusing on what we want to […]

Diverse Leadership Teams – Why Bother?

April 22, 2012 at 5:00 am

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, they make better decisions. Research studies […]

Laws Of Success: Discipline Is The Bridge… What If We Could Put It On Autopilot?

April 15, 2012 at 5:00 am

How many times during the day do we pause and remind ourselves of what the intention of the day was? What if instead, discipline became a habit? What would the impact be? When I read a recent post by Tony Schwartz, author of Be Excellent at Anything, I was reminded […]

What Makes For A "Best Place To Work"?

April 8, 2012 at 5:00 am

Last week,  Crain’s Chicago Business published their annual list of “Chicago’s Best Places To Work”. As I read through the  list, I was struck by the differences in the companies that made it to the top ten. The list included Fortune 500 companies, companies with less than 100 employees, technology […]

What Leadership Lessons Can We Learn As Undercover Bosses?

April 1, 2012 at 5:00 am

The popular TV series “Undercover Boss” has ignited conversation about the value of walking in our employees’ shoes – or perhaps they in ours.  It’s a rare company where you can accomplish this “undercover” and yet the opportunity is still there to learn from our employees who are on the line. […]

Vistage Confidence Index: What Do Vistage CEOs Have To Say About The Economy?

March 28, 2012 at 7:56 am

The quarterly Vistage CEO Confidence Index is now available  Here are some highlights: The Vistage CEO Confidence Index was 105.1 in the 1st quarter 2012 survey, up from 98.8 in Q4 and 83.5 in Q3 of last year. 75% of CEOs say their sales revenue will increase in the next […]

Leadership Quote: Those Who Failed To Oppose Me…

March 25, 2012 at 5:00 am

This month’s leadership quote:  “Those who failed to oppose me… who readily agreed with me and accepted all my views…were those who did me the most injury.”  -Napoleon Bonaparte As leaders,  how do we avoid the trap of responding only to those who agree with us? What do we do […]

The Introvert's Guide To Leadership (& The Extrovert's Guide To Leading Introverts)

March 18, 2012 at 5:00 am

Some say 40% -50% of the top large company CEO’s are introverts, including Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Charles Schwab and Steve Spielberg. Amongst entrepreneurs, the numbers are higher. Why? Because entrepreneurs frequently are the expert at their chosen business and experts most often are introverts. So what does this mean […]

Newspapers Are America's Fastest-Shrinking Industry

March 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm

LinkedIn and the Council of Economic Advisors mapped the fastest-growing and fastest-shrinking industries since 2007, the year the Great Recession started. Renewables are at the top and newspapers are at the bottom. Here’s the story from Atlantic Magazine. The biggest losers are a combination of recession-bit industries — retail is down 15.5% […]

Innovation Vs. Discipline Part 2: Kodak Vs. Fujifilm

March 11, 2012 at 5:00 am

Lots of press swirling around the impending bankruptcy of Kodak. While Kodak suffers, its long-time rival Fujifilm is doing rather well. Why? Is it innovation or is it discipline? (See March 4, 2011 Blog, post Which is the Winning Strategy? Innovation or Discipline for Part I) At one time, Kodak was one of the […]