Continuous Improvement

March 12, 2017 at 4:45 am

Last week I talked about ratings and how we seem to have lost the purpose. So if ratings have taken on a life of their own, what do we do instead to foster continuous improvement? In the manufacturing world there is the concept of Kaizen, brought to the U.S. by Edward […]

Is Everyone a 5 or a 10?

March 5, 2017 at 4:45 am

We seem to be in a place where everyone is rated, everything is surveyed and everyone expects a rating of 5 (or when a 10 point scale, a rating of 10). It began with the car dealer who tells us, “You will be getting a survey and if your rating […]

Vertical Silos vs. Multitasking

February 19, 2017 at 4:45 am

Lots has been written about the downside of multitasking. And research shows that when it comes to tasks, at least amongst pre-millennial generations, it doesn’t work. Working on more than one thing at a time, e.g. talking on the phone and filling out a form or writing a paper, doesn’t […]

But, Do They Really Like You?

February 5, 2017 at 4:45 am

Many years ago, Sally Field famously accepted her Oscar saying, “You like me,” she declared. “You really like me.” With the strong emphasis on the word really.  Turns out what she actually said was, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me.” We probably misremember […]

What Does It Mean To Be Present?

January 22, 2017 at 4:45 am

When we talk about being present in our Vistage meetings, the request is to turn off the outside world and be present with the conversation in the room. Many of our members have similar requests for meetings inside their companies. Some leaders even collect everyone’s mobile devices when they enter the […]

Thoughts For The Coming Year

December 18, 2016 at 4:45 am

As I was pondering what to write as we close 2016, I visited my post from the close of 2015 and discovered, sadly, that the December 2015 blog could have been written today. With that in mind, I am reposting the same guest blog from my friend and fellow Vistage Chair, Larry Cassidy. […]

In Your Effort To Please, Are You Giving Away The Store?

December 11, 2016 at 4:30 am

Much has been written about The Ritz Carlton Way. The takeaway I always hear is “empower your front line employees to deliver WOW experiences”. Today many other organizations follow this Ritz Carlton Way. The intent of this approach is to allow employees to resolve a customer situation and have the customer […]

Are You Green & Growing?

December 4, 2016 at 7:00 am

The further along we get in our careers, the more we know and the more we are challenged to stay curious. Every now and then I meet a leader that knows it all. They have “the way” they do things that worked for them in the past and as leaders, they […]

Remember That First Date?

November 20, 2016 at 5:00 am

In my practice as a Vistage chair, I often find myself noticing the similarities between business and dating. After all, dating is a “deal” of a sort, and there are “rules” and best practices we follow in an effort to get what we want, i.e. more dates, and in that […]

Wait I Am An Entrepreneur, Not A CEO!

November 15, 2016 at 9:30 am

In my practice as a Vistage chair, I often hear entrepreneurs say, “I don’t want to lose the culture as I grow this company” or “We are like a family; I want to keep this feeling as we grow”. And yet as the company grows, the culture inevitably changes and […]