Is your company divided between the “creatives” versus the “practical” people?

June 16, 2019 at 8:41 am

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, one of the founders of IDEO, and winner of countless innovation awards he will say yes. David maintains that human […]

Trust Your Gut For the No

June 9, 2019 at 3:30 am

Often when we are buyers, we find someone or something we like and then work to find data (experience, accomplishments, etc.) to convince ourselves why this person or this product is something we should buy. When it comes to interviewing for key candidates, Vistage speaker, Barry Deutsch recommends we take […]

That’s Not What I Meant

June 2, 2019 at 3:30 am

In my work as a leadership coach and peer advisory board chair, I am constantly reminded that despite the fact that we are all the same species, with many characteristics in common, we truly do see the world differently. We expect this to be so when we interact with people […]

It’s All About Style

March 10, 2019 at 3:30 am

There are lots of tools available for assessing personality style, and each has its nuance. Stripping away the nuance, with few exceptions, the assessments produce a matrix of 4 primary personality styles. These styles result from an understanding of extroversion vs. introversion, the relationship of each to detail orientation; and then adding to […]

Making the Visible, Invisible

December 9, 2018 at 3:30 am

I love dining out. I love live theatre and for me, restaurants are theaters. Like theatre, restaurants create a show for us to experience, including director, actors, staging and lighting. A couple of weeks ago I had dinner at a local restaurant that is part of a restaurant group. It was […]

The Dark Side of Habit

November 4, 2018 at 3:30 am

Last month, I wrote about the power of habit.  I recently had two experiences with people I know well that reminded me there is also a dark side to habit. The closer the relationship, the more we think we “know” a person, the more we form habits or patterns in those relationships. If they […]

Radical Transparency

August 12, 2018 at 3:30 am

In publicly held companies, company performance and executive compensation is, just that, public. All shareholders receive both an annual report and a proxy statement and this information is contained within these documents. Additionally, it is a simple matter for a non-shareholder to obtain this information, sometimes with a simple web […]

Time to Make the Donuts

July 8, 2018 at 3:30 am

Dunkin’ Donuts ran this ad back in the 70’s and even those born since then, resonate with the concept “time to make the donuts”, as in, get up, get ready, get to work, do the work, go home, start again tomorrow. Whether working in the factory or working as an […]

The Life Changing Value of Choosing

March 18, 2018 at 3:30 am

Working with CEOs over the last dozen or so years, I observed several common traits in those who successfully grow their businesses. I have written in the past about the importance of having a vision, having the right people, and having strong execution. Another more subtle characteristic shared by successful […]

The Gift of Feedback

March 11, 2018 at 3:30 am

Feedback is a gift. It is an opportunity for personal development and ultimately leadership development. And, it is hard; Very hard. Not sure which is harder, giving feedback or accepting it. Recently I was with a small group of Vistage Chairs, several of us long tenured, and we were discussing […]