Does A Business Have To Grow?

June 3, 2012 at 5:00 am

This is a topic often discussed amongst my Vistage members. Some want to grow, others like the idea of maintaining a controllable size. There is no one-size-fits-all answer. What I do know is that businesses are organic, and therefore static is not sustainable. We’ve all seen businesses disappear over time […]

Why "Big Picture Only" Leaders Fail

May 13, 2012 at 5:00 am

As discussed in last week’s blog, there is a difference between management and leadership.  Leadership is “doing the right things” and focusing on the big picture certainly falls into this category. That said, when leaders focus solely on vision and strategy and not on execution, put simply, nothing gets done. […]

Leadership Vs. Management – Does It Matter?

May 6, 2012 at 5:00 am

Recently, one of my Vistage members asked the group this question: “What is the difference between leadership and management?” He heard a lot of responses and the one that said it best was this one… “Leadership is doing the right things, management is doing things right.”  from management guru Warren Bennis […]

What Leadership Lessons Can We Learn As Undercover Bosses?

April 1, 2012 at 5:00 am

The popular TV series “Undercover Boss” has ignited conversation about the value of walking in our employees’ shoes – or perhaps they in ours.  It’s a rare company where you can accomplish this “undercover” and yet the opportunity is still there to learn from our employees who are on the line. […]

Innovation Vs. Discipline Part 2: Kodak Vs. Fujifilm

March 11, 2012 at 5:00 am

Lots of press swirling around the impending bankruptcy of Kodak. While Kodak suffers, its long-time rival Fujifilm is doing rather well. Why? Is it innovation or is it discipline? (See March 4, 2011 Blog, post Which is the Winning Strategy? Innovation or Discipline for Part I) At one time, Kodak was one of the […]

Laws Of Success: The Answers May Surprise You

January 22, 2012 at 5:00 am

I just finished reading Jim Collins’ new book, Great by Choice and as he says, the results may surprise you; they did me. Here’s the good news, if you, as CEO,  have ambition, creativity, vision, insight, a good strategy, are innovative, possess a willingness to take risk; in short, all the typical characteristics we attribute to […]

Take A Pause And Avoid Missing Out-Of-Context Opportunities

December 18, 2011 at 5:00 am

I’m hoping everyone “pauses” long enough to read this piece… Because, on the surface, this story is about “pauses” in our life. Or is it really about the importance of context? It may be about both. Either way, as leaders, it is worth considering, as we rush through our lives, […]