Business Strategy: I Cede the Floor to Jeff and Warren!

By | April 24th, 2018|

I was supposed to be at a convention this week but stayed home to handle a challenge that arose. So, I found myself with a pretty blank calendar. My initial anxiety turned to joy when I spent a good deal of time reading. I finished Jim Comey’s book and am anxious to see how that [...]

The Good Shop Lollipop—Only Good News!

By | April 7th, 2018|

In early 2018 as Facebook struggled with privacy issues, I was shocked to hear on NPR that COO Sheryl Sandberg has a sign on her private conference room saying “Only Good News.” (Perhaps there’ll be a follow-up story about her having a corresponding conference room with an “Only Bad News” sign.) As someone who was [...]

Leadership: A Message From the Generals

By | April 2nd, 2018|

Determined to shrink the book pile on my credenza, I grabbed “The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today.” Someone recommended it to me several years ago, and I’ve moved it around my office several times since then (always in good company of other “must read” books). I no longer read entire [...]

Leadership: The 3 Question Interview

By | March 19th, 2018|

At lunch recently, my friend shared a story about how he was “selected” as a construction manager for a large project years ago. He prepared well for what he thought would be a tough interview. When he arrived, the hiring executive had him wait in the bar. When the executive arrived for the interview, he [...]

Leadership: Can Executives Be Happy?

By | March 12th, 2018|

Several times in my coaching sessions, I’ve asked CEOs and other senior business leaders to rate themselves on a 10-point scale on numerous factors, including fun, and they froze. “OK, call it happiness if you’d like,” I prompted. Still no response. That ain’t right! Executives should be many things: competent, strategic, kind, decisive, communicative… and [...]

Are you a tad dull? It’s OK — you can still lead!

By | February 19th, 2018|

Good news for those who have more stuff than fluff! “More is better” is a flawed assumption when it comes to charisma in leaders. Moderate amounts of charisma can benefit those in leadership, but at a certain point, too much charisma is a detriment to effectiveness.* I’ve worked with and coached many leaders and have [...]

You Cannot Be Helped!

By | February 11th, 2018|

There are numerous blogs and columns about how to find a good executive coach — many of them thoughtful, many of them self-serving. I’d argue that, yes, the coach should’ve been thoroughly trained as a coach, but if you’re a CEO or senior executive, you should have a coach who has been in your shoes [...]

IBM: I Be Movin’ or Interminably Bad Management?

By | January 29th, 2018|

IBM, one of the most storied companies on the planet, just had its first quarter of year-over-year growth in 23 quarters! Market cap, as I write this, is about $134 billion, so still a significant organization, but down from $210 billion in 2006. Many investors have bailed on IBM, growing impatient as Big Blue gives [...]

The War For Talent: Beyond Compensation

By | January 22nd, 2018|

In interactions with a large number of executives over the last several months a majority listed the “war for talent” as the major issue that they are concerned about in the coming year. I’m only a closet economist and too often the door is closed and the light is off, but I’ll bet the last [...]

Collaboration Is Bad Business

By | January 8th, 2018|

A recent article in Inc. magazine (“Collaboration Kills Creativity, According to Science”) highlights the challenge of collaboration. The gist of it is that if you want creative ideas, don’t have people collaborate, let them come up with them on their own. For example, I just read Walter Isaacson’s book on Einstein, and it turns out [...]