When Is It the CEO’s Job to Create Drama?

December 3, 2017

One of our Vistage speakers, Don Schmincke, is well known for “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. Supporting Don’s message, an article several years ago in Science … Read More

Progress or Apocalypse?

September 17, 2017

Every generation has its world changing vs. world destroying technology. In the 1800’s, it was the train. People genuinely believed that going that quickly would kill you in gruesome ways, such as your body melting. In the 1960’s, we were told getting too close to a television or a microwave oven would give us cancer. More recently this … Read More

With Diversity, Comes Diversity

August 20, 2017

What does this statement even mean? Diverse leadership teams are hard…they are harder to build, are unlikely to come to consensus and are more likely to have conflict. So, why bother? Because… they are harder to build, are unlikely to come to consensus and are more likely to have conflict, they make better decisions. Research … Read More

How Do You Know When to Go With the Flow?

June 18, 2017

Option 1 _ Sometimes, the best thing to do is to go with the flow and let things play out. Option 2 _ Sometimes, the best thing to do is to choose a desired outcome and lead others toward that outcome. How do you decide? In my experience, business owners have the tendency to choose Option … Read More

Not Asking Has a Price Tag

June 11, 2017

We Vistage chairs often talk about the importance of staying curious, of asking questions. Often as leaders we tell ourselves that the only “cost” of being directive vs. asking questions are soft costs. For example, we make assumptions that are wrong and have to start over when we learn we are headed in the wrong direction. … Read More

What If That’s Not How I See it?

May 21, 2017

How often are we in situations where what we want and what others want are not aligned? We make assumptions daily, mostly about other people. These assumptions enable us to take shortcuts and at the same time, they cause disagreement that perhaps wasn’t there to begin with. We assume a person attended or didn’t attend an … Read More

As We Search For What Matters, Must We Choose?

May 14, 2017

The Choice The intellect of man is forced to choose Perfection of the life, or of the work, And if it take the second must refuse A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark. When all that story’s finished, what’s the news? In luck or out the toil has left its mark: That old perplexity an … Read More

Care, Attention, Competency

May 7, 2017

Care, Attention and Competency (CAC), these are the watchwords of the client service model for one of my Vistage member’s business. This business is in the construction industry and as he explains, bottom line of what they deliver is service, not construction. A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the progression (regression) from Better, … Read More

Better, Faster, Cheaper

April 23, 2017

For many years, the adage was “do you want it right, on-time or cheap, pick two”. And then somewhere in the 80’s and 90’s, perhaps associated with the dot.com era, marginal costs moved close to zero in some industries. Because of this, we began to expect all three. In fact the new adage became “better, faster, … Read More