Questions Of Culture – What Are Yours?

January 15, 2012

Despite the sticky unemployment numbers, businesses are hiring. See 9/20/11 Blog “The Economic Shift” for a discussion as to some reasons for this dichotomy. Now, back to the point of this post… I am seeing a lot of discussion about the questions to ask in an interview to learn the fit of a potential hire. Two of … Read More

Want Greater Success? Nurture Your Butterflies

December 25, 2011

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 as leaders are most at … Read More

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

December 18, 2011

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, our product rollouts and our … Read More

The Shared Experience Of Absurdity

December 4, 2011

This week’s post is in honor of Michael Allosso, whose Vistage talk for CEOs and Key Executives is titled “You on Your Best Day.” Michael teaches us that the difference between a good leader and a great leader is the ability to improvise and gently push people out of their comfort zone. In this TED … Read More

Laws Of Success: When Is It the CEO's Job To Create Drama?

November 29, 2011

Recently, one of our Vistage speakers, Don Schmincke, spoke to my CEO group on “Discovering The Leader’s Code:  Ancient Secrets For Executive Performance.” The primary message Don drives home is the importance of having a positive Leadership Saga – because, in the absence of drama created by the leader, your team will create their own. … Read More

Which False Business Gods Are You Worshipping?

November 22, 2011

We worship winners—especially those who demonstrate leadership, confront a crisis and prevail. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as the hero did not create the crisis in the first place. But what about those who keep crises from erupting at all? Who are the UNSUNG heroes working for you (and helping you avoid the ditch)? … Read More

Laws Of Success: Don’t Miss That Turn!

November 15, 2011

Too often, our beliefs and assumptions get in the way of spotting new opportunities—even opportunities of a lifetime. These filters, often based on life experiences, may have served us well in the past, but are they still useful in making today’s choices? As a leadership coach, the question I ask myself and others is this: … Read More

Doodlers Unite: Do It Proudly!

November 7, 2011

While there have been many negative definitions of doodling throughout time, I am drawn to this positive definition offered by Sunni Brown in a recent TED talk. “To Doodle: to make spontaneous marks to help yourself think; a preemptive measure to stop you from losing focus.” I often find myself doodling when listening to a … Read More

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

November 1, 2011

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 each other well When two … Read More