Does It Really Matter?

March 3, 2019

I had a conversation with a friend the other day that left us both laughing.  The two of us have an affiliation with the same organization, and about a year ago, during another conversation, we were sharing our outrage about something.  When we talked the other day, we both remembered our outrage, but neither of us could … Read More

Is It Possible To Be Too Lean?

February 17, 2013

When the “great recession” began, companies got lean and they went there quickly. This worked, for employers, owners and employees.  Now 3+ years into recovery, lean continues while sales have grown. The result is increased profits.  So….what’s the issue? I have been hearing a troubling refrain lately. I began hearing this from middle managers in … Read More

Laws Of Success: Leadership Lessons From Grandma

February 10, 2013

Loved this leadership “poem” written by fellow Vistage chair, Greg Bustin‘s grandmother. She was the leader of her PTA and in going through his family records, Greg found this document that had been typed on his grandmother’s typewriter. For me she sums up the challenges of leadership rather well, “The Leader’s Easy Job” Her job is … Read More

Laws Of Success: 80% Is Showing Up

February 3, 2013

“Eighty percent of success is showing up”, so says Woody Allen. Sometimes it’s hard to show up when: we would prefer to be someplace else we are tired, or not at our best we have been there before and got nothing out it it’s out of the way, and it’s snowing it was a long … Read More

Do The Ends Justify The Means?

January 6, 2013

An age old question… I saw Lincoln, Steve Spielberg’s latest movie, and came away from it with some questions, from a leadership perspective. Abraham Lincoln is renowned as one of the greatest presidents and leaders in United States history. In this movie, Spielberg tells the story of Lincoln’s last days, the time in which he … Read More

A Timely Reminder Of Email Best Practices

December 9, 2012

I put this together some time ago. A compilation of things I have learned from experience and from others. The topic has come up a lot lately, so I thought I would share this with you. Professor Albert Mehrabian’s research into verbal communication is often quoted in this simplified form: Words – 7%,  Tone – … Read More

When Managing By The Numbers Is Not Enough

November 4, 2012

It’s all about profitability right? Certainly, we are all in business to make money. Even not-for-profits must have net income to continue to operate. And, is being in business for a purpose or a mission reserved only for not-for-profits? What about the professional managers running privately held businesses and leading large companies? What drives them? … Read More

Are You A Bad Boss? Are You Sure You Aren't?

September 9, 2012

Most of us think of a bad boss as one who explodes, intimidates and otherwise behaves badly. The reality is this type of bad boss represents less than 20% of the behavior that actually defines the worst bosses (based on research conducted by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman). For the full results of Zenger and Folkman’s findings, click … Read More

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

June 24, 2012

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 we cannot communicate.” What if … Read More

Leadership Quote: The Key Is Not To Prioritize What Is On Your Schedule..

May 27, 2012

This month’s leadership quote:  The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. – Stephen Covey We often hear time management tips about taking time to plan your schedule. What we often hear is to prioritize what is on the schedule. What Stephen Covey reminds us with this quote, is to pause, choose our … Read More