Tag: leadership

CEO Coaching: Do Something!

“Lack of Action Led to CEO’s Ousting” — headline from the Wall Street Journal CEO John Flint was only in his role for 18 months at large bank HSBC. His ouster was a result of his leadership style and ability to act decisively. Before taking the job, he told colleagues he preferred not to be […]

Business Strategy: Use Reason, But Serve Passions

“Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of the passions and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.” —Thomas Hume Hume’s use of the word “passions” is currently thought to mean “desires.” As a guy who favors thinking over feeling in decision-making (i.e., if you’re a Myers Briggs […]

CEO Coaching: Outside the Castle Walls

“A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is.” — Lord Stark of Winterfell I hope your business isn’t as bloody as Game of Thrones, but Stark makes a good point. Hiding behind the castle walls and having others do the dirty work means you soon forget what your business is about. […]

CEO Coaching: Are You Experienced or Entrenched?

Numerous studies identify that CEOs’ ability to create value for the firm is highest in their tenure’s “middle innings.” Longevity in the corner office helps, but only to a point.  There’s also evidence that the longer CEOs remain in the corner office, the more adept they become at internal relationships. However, the firm’s relationships with […]

CEO Leadership Traits: I Thought I Was Japanese!

A recent NPR story highlighted DNA testing services (e.g., 23andMe and Ancestry.com) and how many people are surprised when they’re of different makeup than they thought. Some folks are disturbed when their life’s narrative doesn’t match the real story. It turns out that many of us are not as self-aware as we think. (To my […]

Effective Leadership: Meetings Are Meat, Not Potatoes

A recent message from a contact mentioned a wonderful retreat he’d experienced because the organization’s new leader brought in a “motivational speaker.”  What a bunch of crap! You take over an organization and hire a motivational speaker because you have nothing to say?! Business should be fun, but don’t waste the opportunity to engage your […]

Business Strategy: Plans or Luck?

A successful CEO recently told me how several of his senior leaders presented potential acquisition targets to him in the past year that were “must do” deals. Funny, he thought, that after they were outbid or lost for some other reason, they became “no big deal” deals.  Only fools would completely ignore opportunities that they […]

CEO Leadership Traits: Jerks and Wimps Need Not Apply

Intuitively, most people would agree that CEOs shouldn’t be jerks or wimps. No one wants to work for either. However, some jerks and wimps make it into the C-suite. I’ve run into many, as have some of you. If you have jerklike or wimplike tendencies yourself and are an executive, pay attention. If you’re on […]

Bad Boss: Is It Your Day to Be Dilbert?

There’s something universal about having incompetent leadership that we can all understand—ergo the success of the Dilbert cartoon. I doubt that any of you can get through your career without Dilbert’s boss appearing. Sad but true. I’ve spent a significant portion of my one-on-one time with coaching clients talking about how to deal with a bad [...]