Is Your Leadership Team Your Co-Advisor Or ?

July 22, 2012 at 5:00 am

Businesses are assets, right? What might happen if we followed the best practices of investment management in running them? When we hire an advisor to manage our traditional portfolio of stocks and bonds, the first thing they want to know is the answer to the following  two questions: Will you […]

Leadership Quote: I Am Part Of All Whom I Have Met….

June 24, 2012 at 5:00 am

This month’s leadership quote:  I am part of all whom I have met. – Alfred Lord Tennyson. One of the greatest lessons I have learned since becoming a Vistage Chair is this one. How many times do we as leaders say to ourselves,  “I am different, they are different, that is the reason […]

Leadership Quote: Those Who Failed To Oppose Me…

March 25, 2012 at 5:00 am

This month’s leadership quote:  “Those who failed to oppose me… who readily agreed with me and accepted all my views…were those who did me the most injury.”  -Napoleon Bonaparte As leaders,  how do we avoid the trap of responding only to those who agree with us? What do we do […]

Leadership Quote: The Way You Do Anything…

February 26, 2012 at 5:00 am

This month’s leadership quote:  “The way you do anything, is the way you do everything.” Boaz Rauchwerger, Vistage speaker, attributes this quote to his Mom in his December 5, 2011 newsletter.  The point, she says, is to be excellent at everything. For me, as a leadership coach, this quote raises […]

The Leadership Value Of An Apology

February 19, 2012 at 5:00 am

Tom Searcy is a Vistage speaker who also writes for CBS MoneyWatch.  His recent blog titled “7 Tips on How to Apologize in the Business World” resonated for me, so I thought I would share them. Here are the tips: 1- Separate the apology and the explanation 2-Ask for the discussion, but don’t insist […]

What Results When Leaders Ass-u-me?

February 12, 2012 at 5:00 am

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 […]

Laws Of Success: It's All About The Ride

January 1, 2012 at 5:00 am

Years ago, I was sitting on a bench at Union station. An old man sat down next to me and we engaged  in conversation. I asked him where he was headed and he replied with glee, “San Francisco!” Wow, I said, that is a long way to go on the […]

Want Greater Success? Nurture Your Butterflies

December 25, 2011 at 5:00 am

Good leaders always strive to have butterflies in their stomach, says Kathleen L. Flanagan, president and chief executive of Abt Associates, a $450mm consultancy firm. When we are out of our comfort zone, we have the greatest opportunity for success. It’s when we become complacent and run on auto-pilot that we […]

Sight Over Sound: When Face-To-Face Communication Improves Negotiation

November 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Mode of communication matters! So say Kellogg School of Management professors Roderick Swaab, Adam D. Galinsky, Victoria Medvec and Daniel Diermeier. In research described in the article below, the Northwestern University team discovered, not surprisingly, that face-to-face communication is critical to negotiation in two circumstances. When two parties don’t know […]