Strategic Lessons From David & Goliath For 2014 Planning

December 15, 2013 at 5:00 am

As you put the final touches on your business plans for 2014, or for that matter, your personal plans, I suggest a read or a listen to Malcolm Gladwell’s Latest Book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.  The book is not about how the weak rise […]

Managing Business Assets W/ Portfolio Management Risk Practices

September 1, 2013 at 5:00 am

Businesses are assets, right? What might happen if we followed the risk management practices of portfolio management in running them? The “portfolio managers” of our business are our leadership team, our key executives.  Business owners have a risk tolerance that leads them to be more or less involved in activities […]

Leadership Quote: Vision Without Execution…

August 25, 2013 at 5:00 am

This month’s leadership quote:   Vision without execution is hallucination.  — Thomas A. Edison When leaders focus solely on vision and strategy and not on execution, put simply, nothing gets done. Successful leaders know that a vision is a destination that their team can rally around. They also know that while the vision is […]

Leadership Development: Not Just For Women

August 4, 2013 at 5:00 am

Leadership Development: Not Just for Women As part of our leadership development, my Vistage groups frequently select a book to read as a group. Recently, my Vistage Inside group chose the book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandburg.   On the day we discussed […]

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 […]