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… […]

Does A Business Have To Grow?

June 3, 2012 at 5:00 am

This is a topic often discussed amongst my Vistage members. Some want to grow, others like the idea of maintaining a controllable size. There is no one-size-fits-all answer. What I do know is that businesses are organic, and therefore static is not sustainable. We’ve all seen businesses disappear over time […]

Leadership Quote: The Key Is Not To Prioritize What Is On Your Schedule..

May 27, 2012 at 5:00 am

This month’s leadership quote:  The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. – Stephen Covey We often hear time management tips about taking time to plan your schedule. What we often hear is to prioritize what is on the schedule. What Stephen Covey reminds us with this quote, […]

Glory Days: Don't Let Them Pass You By…

May 20, 2012 at 5:00 am

Thank you Bruce Springsteen for this quote.  It seems today that the chorus of “glory days” conversation has increased. Perhaps it is because we live in a world of constant change and there is a longing for a slower pace? My response to this is, the glory days were only golden […]

Why "Big Picture Only" Leaders Fail

May 13, 2012 at 5:00 am

As discussed in last week’s blog, there is a difference between management and leadership.  Leadership is “doing the right things” and focusing on the big picture certainly falls into this category. That said, when leaders focus solely on vision and strategy and not on execution, put simply, nothing gets done. […]

Leadership Vs. Management – Does It Matter?

May 6, 2012 at 5:00 am

Recently, one of my Vistage members asked the group this question: “What is the difference between leadership and management?” He heard a lot of responses and the one that said it best was this one… “Leadership is doing the right things, management is doing things right.”  from management guru Warren Bennis […]

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 […]