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 […]

The Ever Elusive Search For Work-Life-Balance

February 5, 2012 at 5:00 am

For many of us, the holy grail of success is achieving “Work-Life- Balance”. It is a topic of frequent discussion at Vistage meetings and in my leadership coaching sessions. When I start with a new client, this topic is often on the list for discussion. And yet, despite all the […]

Laws Of Success: The Answers May Surprise You

January 22, 2012 at 5:00 am

I just finished reading Jim Collins’ new book, Great by Choice and as he says, the results may surprise you; they did me. Here’s the good news, if you, as CEO,  have ambition, creativity, vision, insight, a good strategy, are innovative, possess a willingness to take risk; in short, all the typical characteristics we attribute to […]

Personality Style Drives Choice

January 8, 2012 at 5:00 am

There has been a lot of research over the years about the concept of loss aversion.  This research tells us that we as humans are more likely to prefer choices that avoid a loss than those that achieve a gain. Turns out, research also indicates that our personality style drives […]

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 […]

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

December 18, 2011 at 5:00 am

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, […]

In The Search For Self-Improvement, Don’t Forget To Celebrate Your Genius

December 11, 2011 at 5:00 am

The notion that we can constantly make ourselves better, in theory, is a great idea. But when does it become too much? For me, the best way to answer this question is to notice our strengths and work to enhance them. In my Vistage work and as a leadership coach […]

The Shared Experience Of Absurdity

December 4, 2011 at 5:00 am

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 […]