Thoughts for the Coming Year

December 17, 2017 at 3:30 am

As we begin to wind down our business lives for the holiday season and focus on next year, I am continuing a tradition I started 2 years ago, with a wish for peace and understanding between us during the holidays and into the new year. In this spirit, I am […]

Year-End, A Time To Pause and Self-Affirm

December 10, 2017 at 3:30 am

For many of us, the end of the year is a time for self-reflection. We think about what we accomplished, and what we did not. And amongst the leaders I know, the tendency is to focus on what we missed, what can be better, what’s next? The notion that we […]

When Is It the CEO’s Job to Create Drama?

December 3, 2017 at 3:30 am

One of our Vistage speakers, Don Schmincke, is well known for “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 team will create their own. Supporting Don’s message, […]

What is a Big Deal to Some, Leaves Others Scratching Their Heads

October 1, 2017 at 3:30 am

In this increasingly sensitized world we live in, we find ourselves in a place of wondering. Wondering, how what we say will be interpreted. And on the receiving end, we may be offended by comments from others and wonder at a minimum, how could this person have been so insensitive. Layer […]

Progress or Apocalypse?

September 17, 2017 at 3:30 am

Every generation has its world changing vs. world destroying technology. In the 1800’s, it was the train. People genuinely believed that going that quickly would kill you in gruesome ways, such as your body melting. In the 1960’s, we were told getting too close to a television or a microwave oven would give […]

Is it Time for a Different Approach to Strategic Planning?

September 10, 2017 at 3:30 am

This is the time of the year that most companies begin their strategic planning process. While it’s fun to host and participate in an offsite, the end result sadly is often put on a shelf until next year. Mostly the plan is a continuation of the last one, and mostly […]

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

September 3, 2017 at 3:30 am

When the first nationally recognized Labor Day was celebrated in 1894, the day consisted of a street parade sending up a message of “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” (in the words of the AFL). We have come a long way since then. Today most […]

What If We Meet Them Where They Are?

August 6, 2017 at 3:30 am

Most of the time, we have an agenda. Whether it is to close a deal, persuade our employees or our customers to “see the light” or simply to win. What if instead, we simply let things unfold at their own pace? What if instead, we seek to understand? What if […]

What is Empathy Really?

July 9, 2017 at 3:30 am

The dictionary defines empathy quite simply: “It’s the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” And for most of us, this simple sentence describes one of life’s greatest challenges. We come at everything from our point of view. Our style combined with our backgrounds and experiences drive how we see […]

How Do You Know When to Go With the Flow?

June 18, 2017 at 3:30 am

Option 1 _ Sometimes, the best thing to do is to go with the flow and let things play out. Option 2 _ Sometimes, the best thing to do is to choose a desired outcome and lead others toward that outcome. How do you decide? In my experience, business owners have […]