Last Of The Series – Leadership View #13: Balance Your Life

July 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I began this series as a tribute to my friend, Marsh Carter, whose leadership has been an inspiration to me for at least 25 of the 45+ years covered in his View of Leadership. As I have written these blogs each week, using Marsh’s topic lines, it has been interesting […]

Leadership View #9: An Absolute Skill Of An Effective Leader…

June 9, 2013 at 5:00 am

Leadership View #9: An absolute skill of an effective leader is the ability to grow and adapt. So often we find that what has made us successful in the past, is not working for us today. From the entrepreneur who built a successful company what I hear is, “I got […]

Leadership View #5: When Leading Change..

May 5, 2013 at 5:00 am

Leadership View #5: When leading change – get some early wins –this makes change irresistible to those that resist.  Getting these “early wins” may involve changing priorities or sequencing of events. How often do we begin an initiative by setting a goal with a date when everything will be complete? […]

45 Year Leadership View #4: A Leader Must Balance…

April 21, 2013 at 5:00 am

Marsh Carter’s Leadership View #4: A leader must balance between near-term and long-term leadership and management tasks.  Hmm.. last week’s leadership view involved balance and here we are with the same subject line again. It does seem that balance is a key challenge for every leader. Most leaders have a […]

Disappearing Jobs, Does It Matter?

March 3, 2013 at 5:00 am

Last month I attended the Vistage International Conference during which Michael Milkin presented the Milkin Institute research on the changing U.S. demographics.  I was struck by the data change in the number of unskilled jobs. In 1950 there were 3 unskilled jobs for every 1 skilled job. Today, there are […]

First To Market Or First In The Mind?

November 11, 2012 at 5:00 am

Recently, during one of my Vistage Key Executive meetings, we were discussing the book Great by Choice by Jim Collins. During our discussion, one of the members raised the question, how important is it to be first to market? Or is it best to be a “fast follower”.  Jim Collins […]

Great Leaders Shatter Expectations

October 21, 2012 at 5:00 am

Great leaders shatter expectations, so says Vistage speaker Michael Allosso. This is planning season for most companies. The time when leaders get together to begin strategic planning for 2013. What will you do in 2013 to shatter the expectations of your leadership team and your customers? Please share your thoughts/plans by commenting […]

Coaching Companies To Greater Sales & Profits….And An Invitation

August 12, 2012 at 5:00 am

We hear a lot about sales strategy and sales management, as though it is something separate from business strategy.   Vistage Speaker Jack Daly encourages us to think of it this way, “a great place to work is a great place to buy”. If you are a CEO qualified for Vistage membership and […]

When Is It The Leader's Job To Build Creative Confidence?

June 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

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, founder of IDEO, and winner of countless innovation awards including Fast Company’s Top 25 Most Innovative companies, he will say […]

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 […]