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 [...]

Organizational Effectiveness: Simplicity and Structure

By | March 5th, 2018|

“One of our most dysfunctional beliefs is our contempt for simplicity and structure.” —Marshall Goldsmith Why can Warren Buffett repeatedly make successful multibillion dollar investments with little due diligence and a corporate staff the size of a family meal at my house while many hedge funds have legions of staff and complex models yet get [...]

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 [...]

Who Has Your Back?

By | March 27th, 2017|

“Every CEO has an open flank.” —Ram Charan No one is great at everything. CEOs who think they must know everything (or think they do know everything!) are on a fast track to disappointment and failure. Most CEOs know this and plug the hole by gaining knowledge or hiring to fill in for their weakness—if [...]