Wait I Am An Entrepreneur, Not A CEO!

November 15, 2016

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 the owner no longer knows … Read More

Are You Willing To Wait For Transformation?

June 12, 2016

Change is hard; it taxes the soul of both leaders and followers. And, for many of us leading change, I wonder if this frustration sometimes leads to giving up or giving in too soon? Two years ago I began a transformation process with one of the peer groups I lead. The change was disruptive. Some … Read More

SWOT And Risk Management

October 12, 2014

  Most every business at one time or another, most often annually, spends a bit of time on a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). This is simply good governance. And, as I discussed in a recent post, Are You Prepared to Govern in a Changing World?, successful companies focus externally on the O … Read More

What Happens When Steady-Growth Companies Stomp On The Gas Pedal?

September 14, 2014

When steady-growth companies decide to stomp on the gas pedal, especially with new leaders, it is convenient to assume the “old timers” are just fine and will take care of themselves while all else goes to growth. Be wary of unintended consequences… When a company is young – it is all about growth – and … Read More

Caution… You are Entering Your Comfort Zone

August 17, 2014

The difference between a good leader and a great leader is the ability to improvise and gently push people out of their comfort zone, so says Vistage Speaker Michael Allosso. In this TED talk, Charlie Todd helps us see the human connection that results from a shared experience — in this case, an absurd shared experience, one … Read More

Are You Prepared To Govern In A Changing World?

August 10, 2014

Arguably the most important ingredient is good governance is having a vision and a strategic plan. I often notice that these plans are based primarily on what is within our control. In short, these plans often consider only internal factors, the SW of the traditional SWOT analysis, while ignoring the OT portion or external factors. … Read More

If You Don't Watch the Numbers, You Don't Have Governance

August 3, 2014

Publicly held  U.S. company governance dictates the requirements for financial reporting and many of these companies give “guidance” as frequently as quarterly. While this approach is sometime criticized as being short-term focused, the important upside is all stakeholders know, at any given time, how the company is performing and can respond accordingly. Privately held companies, … Read More

In Good Governance, When Does Culture Come Ahead Of Revenue?

July 20, 2014

A few weeks ago in my blog about Leading Isn’t Easy, I talked about the hard choices we sometimes must make as leaders. Especially those choices where neither outcome is a good one. As we continue this series on Governance Design, I am reminded of my 2014 theme for my Vistage groups, “All That Matters Is Culture”. For … Read More

Is Governance Leadership?

July 13, 2014

This week begins a new series on the topic of governance in growing businesses. Governance is not a term typically used by business owners and business leaders. Rather, we hear this term most often in the context of corporate boards, both public and private. Yet, Wikipedia defines corporate governance as, “the system of structures, rights, … Read More