Category: Leadership

Failed Leadership: Papa Don’t Work No More

“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!

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 […]

Leadership: Shining Light On The Dark Side

“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!

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 […]

CEOs: Taste Some Different Kool-Aid

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 […]

Executive Coaching: Talking Trash

I was up at 5 a.m. Eastern time for a flight recently and, after sleeping poorly, was a bit crabby about it. I also had a full day back in Denver, which meant I was starting at 3 a.m. Mountain time and would miss exercising and be late for dinner with my wife and friends.  […]

Leadership: Are Customers More Important Than Profits?

This might be one of the most soul-crushing questions for capitalists and business leaders to answer! I don’t mean this as a trick question (e.g., Which came first, the chicken or the egg?). Obviously, if you don’t have customers, you can’t have profits. However, you can have many customers and no profits, and that doesn’t […]