The Actions Of A Successful CEO

By | April 22nd, 2016|

In last week's blog I postulated that there were three questions that drove my best CEO clients in their quest for excellence: What do I need to know, what do I need to do and who do I need to be? I addressed the first last week and will address the second this week—What do [...]

David Or Paul Bunyan? Chisel Away What’s Not You

By | April 11th, 2016|

There’s a parable of sorts attributed to Michelangelo who, when asked how he was able to so beautifully carve the statue of David, responded that he merely cut away everything that wasn’t David. That’s a wonderful depiction of focus that we can all take with us. If we could just cut away all that’s not [...]

Do You Default to Central Control?

By | February 11th, 2016|

I recently wrote about the challenge of not being able to answer the question, “Who’s in charge here?” (Click here to read.) I often write my blogs after encountering something in the business world that causes me to think about a topic. It might be a client problem, something from the headlines or an issue [...]

Who’s In Charge Here?

By | January 28th, 2016|

I wish that I had a dollar for every story that I have heard of lack of clarity around responsibility causing poor company performance. When I hear of a poor performing region, product, division, or business process I always start by asking, “Who owns this?” If there is no clear answer, that—in and of itself—is [...]

When The Dog Catches The Car, What Does He Do? Executive Coaching for the New CEO

By | September 7th, 2015|

A successful entrepreneur whom I advised sold his company to another firm. He focused on running and growing his business for many years and then had a brief, intense period of working through the sales process. Because he’s a bright guy, the new firm wants him around in a senior role. He wants it to [...]

Optimize For Millennials?

By | July 20th, 2015|

Unless you just crawled out of the primordial ooze, you’ve heard a lot about how you must optimize your business to make millennials happy. Coddling, free time and pet-happy policies are mentioned often. In working with many companies that question what to do about this and observing what does and doesn’t work, I concluded the [...]

Get On Board! Taking The Right Step Onto The Train

By | July 17th, 2015|

Years ago, I worked with a large company in which the CEO hired a new senior executive right before a large annual meeting, which was to be his first real introduction to the company. Apparently, little thought was given to how this executive would integrate into the company, so this guy showed up, made a [...]

Dying At Least Twice

By | June 4th, 2015|

My friend Dave and I have something in common: We’ll both die at least twice. Each of us had medical occurrences that caused breath and blood to stop flowing — his very recently, mine when I was a young man. I’d like to keep it to two; the first occurrence wasn’t so fun. Unlike physical [...]

Peering Through The Mist: Organizational Culture

By | April 7th, 2015|

“ … organizational culture represents the collective values, beliefs, and principles of organizational members and is a product of such factors as history, product, market, technology, and strategy, type of employees, management style, and national culture. Culture includes the organization’s vision, values, norms, systems, symbols, language, assumptions, beliefs, and habits.” —excerpt from Wikipedia’s definition of [...]

Cleaning The Big House

By | January 14th, 2015|

Don’t take cultural change lightly My wife and I recently read articles about Pope Francis publicly tongue-lashing his curia for the extreme office politics it practiced. One of us compared it with the mafia, but I won’t say which because one of us is a practicing Catholic. My wife didn’t ask me, “If the curia [...]