July 2018

Failed Leadership: Papa Don’t Work No More

By | July 29th, 2018|

“How can we miss you when you won’t go away?” Papa John’s leadership and shareholders might be saying. If you’ve been following the pizza leadership drama in the news, you’ll note that a bad case of “founder’s syndrome” settled in Papa John’s ovens recently. It became a struggle of overinflated ego versus what’s right for [...]

Leadership Is Not Polling!

By | July 24th, 2018|

Donald Trump’s recent debacle* — lauding Putin, ignoring his own intelligence agencies and blaming America for the poor United States/Russian relationship, and then reversing course after a tsunami of outrage — is instructive for leaders. Here’s the directive: Leadership is not polling! Leadership has obligations, and making tough decisions and sticking with them is one [...]

Organizational Effectiveness: Rules Or Vision?

By | July 16th, 2018|

I’ve been thinking about tariffs as of late. Mostly thinking about them as a blunt instrument. Economics, politics and history would tell us that they are not a very effective way to deal with “inequities”, though certainly they are implemented to try to correct a wrong or even the playing field. If free trade is [...]

June 2018

Strategic Thinking and Leadership: General Electric’s Lightbulb Dims

By | June 25th, 2018|

It turns out that erasing $100 billion in market value takes less time and energy than bolting together parts to achieve it initially. It doesn’t take the brightest bulb in the chandelier to see that keeping the trains on the tracks, the coal-fired turbines spinning or the airplanes flying all at the same time is [...]

You Must Know The Critical Elements Of Strategy

By | June 18th, 2018|

“Having determined your destination, you set sails, motivate rowers, adjust for winds and currents, avoid shoals and rocks, allow for surprises, and expend finite energy efficiently. You control some things, but align yourself with others. You balance, while never forgetting that the reason you’re balancing is to get from where you are to where you [...]

Leadership: Shining Light On The Dark Side

By | June 11th, 2018|

“Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.” —Napoleon Bonaparte I think of myself as an optimist, but there is a good deal of truth in Bonaparte’s assertion. In fact, if you were starting a business, it would be wise to think about how you might leverage that assertion to profitably monetize [...]

Leadership: Help, I’m Drowning!

By | June 4th, 2018|

Check out this video (no, I’m not sending you to a North Korean identify theft site). In case the link above breaks, let me describe this. A child hangs desperately onto a rope in moving water, screaming for dear life! It looks as if he’ll drown if he lets go. Then a larger child walks [...]

May 2018

CEOs: Taste Some Different Kool-Aid

By | May 29th, 2018|

At lunch the other day, my very well-read friend described why he still buys leadership books in bookstores. This was on the heels of a conversation about web privacy and how Amazon and many other web sellers zero in on what you buy and peruse to feed you products in your strike zone.  When you [...]

Personal Development: You Can’t Be Different If You Don’t Change!

By | May 21st, 2018|

One of the greatest issues in self-improvement is (here comes a blinding flash of the obvious!) that people want to be different but don’t want to change. It’s one of the biggest barriers in my coaching work. Let me rephrase that: It’s one of the biggest issues for those people I won’t coach. I’m sure [...]

Leadership: “You’re the Best!” Isn’t Good Enough!

By | May 12th, 2018|

You’re a wide receiver for the 2016 Denver Broncos. It’s third and long. Peyton Manning joins the huddle and says, “I love you guys; you’re the best! Let’s go get ‘em! Break!” How successful would that play be? No one knows what the hell to do. I worked for a CEO once who said the [...]