What Does “Implement Dictatorially” Mean?

April 16, 2017 at 4:30 am

A few weeks ago, I posted the following as the leadership quote for the month of March: “Decide democratically, implement dictatorially.” —Peter Schutz, CEO of Porsche 1981-1986 One of my readers replied with the following comment: “Schutz got the first part of that quote right. I however believe you implement collaboratively.” […]

And What About Our Own Resistance?

April 9, 2017 at 4:30 am

Whether leader or follower, we are all in the position of having change thrust upon us. Vistage Speaker, Mike Scott, responded to my March 19th blog (Is Resistance The Problem?), with the questions I asked, turned inward. Thank you Mike for this wonderful reminder of the responsibility we each have to […]

Continuous Improvement

March 12, 2017 at 4:45 am

Last week I talked about ratings and how we seem to have lost the purpose. So if ratings have taken on a life of their own, what do we do instead to foster continuous improvement? In the manufacturing world there is the concept of Kaizen, brought to the U.S. by Edward […]

Is Everyone a 5 or a 10?

March 5, 2017 at 4:45 am

We seem to be in a place where everyone is rated, everything is surveyed and everyone expects a rating of 5 (or when a 10 point scale, a rating of 10). It began with the car dealer who tells us, “You will be getting a survey and if your rating […]

But, Do They Really Like You?

February 5, 2017 at 4:45 am

Many years ago, Sally Field famously accepted her Oscar saying, “You like me,” she declared. “You really like me.” With the strong emphasis on the word really.  Turns out what she actually said was, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me.” We probably misremember […]

Perspective…

January 8, 2017 at 4:45 am

A couple of weeks ago, I had an experience that reminded me how true it is that we see the world through our own perspective. So much so that our experience, in the exact same situation as someone else, can be entirely different. And it’s not until we pause and […]

Thoughts For The Coming Year

December 18, 2016 at 4:45 am

As I was pondering what to write as we close 2016, I visited my post from the close of 2015 and discovered, sadly, that the December 2015 blog could have been written today. With that in mind, I am reposting the same guest blog from my friend and fellow Vistage Chair, Larry Cassidy. […]

Are You Green & Growing?

December 4, 2016 at 7:00 am

The further along we get in our careers, the more we know and the more we are challenged to stay curious. Every now and then I meet a leader that knows it all. They have “the way” they do things that worked for them in the past and as leaders, they […]

Wait I Am An Entrepreneur, Not A CEO!

November 15, 2016 at 9:30 am

In my practice as a Vistage chair, I often hear entrepreneurs say, “I don’t want to lose the culture as I grow this company” or “We are like a family; I want to keep this feeling as we grow”. And yet as the company grows, the culture inevitably changes and […]

The Unintended Consequences Of Mentorship

November 10, 2016 at 11:00 am

During my career I have been fortunate to be a mentor to several talented individuals, and to have had wonderful mentors myself. For me, there are few rewards in leadership that are as good as those that come from mentoring someone and watching them grow into successful leaders themselves. Similarly, […]