We Need Tools to Build

February 3, 2019

I’ve had more conversations about stress management in the last couple of weeks than ever. Is it perhaps the turmoil in the world? Turmoil in our government? Fears about a coming recession? Whatever the reason, what I do know is…. We acknowledge that we need tools to build a house or a car or any physical … Read More

Why Do We Make Mistakes?

December 16, 2018

To close out 2018, I’ve asked Dr. Andrea Simon, Vistage Speaker and corporate anthropologist, to write the following guest blog, “Why Do We Make Mistakes?” This blog seemed a fitting conclusion to my recent series on habits. We’ve all been told since childhood to learn from our mistakes. In this blog, Dr. Simon offers us her … Read More

Another Form of Diversification, Expectation Diversity

November 18, 2018

Last week I wrote about ego diversification. And it reminded me of another sort of diversification, that of diversity of expectations. Whether in a personal situation, or a business situation, expecting one person to fulfill all our needs is usually a recipe for disappointment. Most of us long ago realized that if we spend 100% of … Read More

The Second Arrow

October 14, 2018

Last week my Vistage CEO group had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Srikumar Rao who presented his Creativity and Personal Mastery Workshop. Dr. Rao has been one of the top-rated and popular professors at many top Business Schools – including Columbia, Kellogg, Berkeley, London Business School and Imperial College. The message in Dr. Rao’s presentation: we create our own happiness. … Read More

The Power of Habit, Avoiding Decision Fatigue

October 7, 2018

How many times during the day do we pause and ask ourselves what was I intending to accomplish today, how did I end up here? According to one study, the cause of this is decision fatigue. Decision fatigue helps explain why ordinarily sensible people get angry at colleagues and families, splurge on clothes, buy junk food at … Read More

Healthy CEO, Healthy Business

July 24, 2016

I recently heard a CEO say, “when I am healthy, my business is healthy”.  I have been thinking about this CEO’s statement in the context of CEOs I have known or observed over the years. My reflective observation is, he is right; there is a strong correlation between the health of the leader and the … Read More

Celebrate Your Gift

December 21, 2014

  Each year at this gift-giving time, I am reminded that we all have natural gifts. Our challenge is to notice our strengths and work to enhance them. In my Vistage work, and as a leadership coach,  I refer to this as discovering and working in our genius. While personal growth and development are part of living a full … Read More

Sometimes Things Are Not As They Appear

June 15, 2014

We make assumptions daily, mostly about other people. These assumptions enable us to take shortcuts and keep us moving forward. Or so we think. We assume a person attended or didn’t attend an event because… We assume a person responded to us a certain way, because… We assume a person took an action or didn’t … Read More

Crawl? Walk? Run? Fly?

June 8, 2014

Hard to know when to walk, when to fly, when to run or even when to crawl. In this fast paced world we live in, our tendency is to default to run. And, my sense is, there is a place for each. The challenge is to let things unfold at their own pace. Here are some … Read More

Leadership Quote: You Can Tell Whether A Person Is Clever…

April 27, 2014

This month’s leadership quote: “You can tell whether a person is clever by his/her answers. You can tell whether a person is wise by his/her questions.“ -Naguib Mahfouz In Vistage we chairs encourage our members to stay in a questioning mode. This is probably the most important ingredient in effectively getting to the resolution of … Read More