Leadership Quote: Create Goals, Not For What You'll Achieve…

September 29, 2013 at 5:00 am

This month’s leadership quote: “Create goals, not for what you’ll achieve, but for who you get to be in the process.” Occasionally, I hear from people who say, “I don’t have goals and frankly, I don’t see the point”. While setting achievement goals is somewhat personality driven, the value is […]

Managing Business Assets W/ Portfolio Management Risk Practices

September 1, 2013 at 5:00 am

Businesses are assets, right? What might happen if we followed the risk management practices of portfolio management in running them? The “portfolio managers” of our business are our leadership team, our key executives.  Business owners have a risk tolerance that leads them to be more or less involved in activities […]

Leadership Development: Not Just For Women

August 4, 2013 at 5:00 am

Leadership Development: Not Just for Women As part of our leadership development, my Vistage groups frequently select a book to read as a group. Recently, my Vistage Inside group chose the book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandburg.   On the day we discussed […]

Last Of The Series – Leadership View #13: Balance Your Life

July 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I began this series as a tribute to my friend, Marsh Carter, whose leadership has been an inspiration to me for at least 25 of the 45+ years covered in his View of Leadership. As I have written these blogs each week, using Marsh’s topic lines, it has been interesting […]

Leadership View #9: An Absolute Skill Of An Effective Leader…

June 9, 2013 at 5:00 am

Leadership View #9: An absolute skill of an effective leader is the ability to grow and adapt. So often we find that what has made us successful in the past, is not working for us today. From the entrepreneur who built a successful company what I hear is, “I got […]

Leadership View #6: Some Problems Can’t Be “Solved”

May 12, 2013 at 5:00 am

 Leadership View #6: Some problems can’t be “solved” (and, hopefully, made to go away) – they must be managed and may require the leader’s repetitive attention and time. As leaders and managers, we have been taught to find the root cause and fix the problem. This Leadership View seems to fly […]

Leadership View #5: When Leading Change..

May 5, 2013 at 5:00 am

Leadership View #5: When leading change – get some early wins –this makes change irresistible to those that resist.  Getting these “early wins” may involve changing priorities or sequencing of events. How often do we begin an initiative by setting a goal with a date when everything will be complete? […]

45 Year Leadership View #4: A Leader Must Balance…

April 21, 2013 at 5:00 am

Marsh Carter’s Leadership View #4: A leader must balance between near-term and long-term leadership and management tasks.  Hmm.. last week’s leadership view involved balance and here we are with the same subject line again. It does seem that balance is a key challenge for every leader. Most leaders have a […]

Leadership Quote: What You Do Speaks So Loudly…

March 31, 2013 at 5:00 am

As it is time for my monthly leadership quote, I am taking a brief pause from the 45 Years of Leadership series.  The series will return next week with Marsh’s Leadership View #2. This month’s leadership quote:  What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you say – Ralph Waldo Emerson  […]

Disappearing Jobs, Does It Matter?

March 3, 2013 at 5:00 am

Last month I attended the Vistage International Conference during which Michael Milkin presented the Milkin Institute research on the changing U.S. demographics.  I was struck by the data change in the number of unskilled jobs. In 1950 there were 3 unskilled jobs for every 1 skilled job. Today, there are […]