Author: Todd Ordal

CEO Coaching: Can Great Leaders Be Emotional?

Don’t go beyond the guardrails, but be real! In a recent session with a CEO and his executive team, we discussed personality preferences as they relate to leadership. One member is particularly stoic, yet the CEO is intense and emotional. This question came up: “Is it OK to show emotions?” I’ve heard this query before […]

Faith in Business

CEO Leadership Traits You might ask, “Where’s he going with this one?” Sermons in the lunchroom? Support of capitalism? Neither, but I might soon take a shot at the capitalism piece given some current political rhetoric. I consider myself a data-driven, evidence-based guy. “What evidence do you have of that?” is a common question for […]

Management By Wondering Around

Wander With Wonder MBWA. You’ve probably heard of it: management by wandering (or walking) around. Peters and Waterman made the phrase famous in their 1982 book “In Search of Excellence.” At the time, I was a store manager at Kinko’s (no longer around after FedEx bought the company) and went on to be responsible for […]

Effective Leadership: Own It!

Choices — You Have More Than You Think! People in victim mode don’t often get into senior leadership roles. Eeyore’s favorite food is thistles, and that makes for a very negative, grumpy life. In my experience, professional victims have decided they have few choices in life. They were late because of traffic, not poor planning. […]

Effective Leadership: Not Just What, But How

Effective Leaders Know How Is As Important As What The “what” of business is critical. Where you’re going (vision) and the path you’ll take to get there (strategy) to profitably address a market. They’re necessary, but not sufficient. As Peter Drucker said, “Many brilliant people believe that ideas move mountains. But bulldozers move mountains; ideas […]

Effective Leadership: Doh, Homer!

Principles Rather Than Rules Homer Simpson needs rules. He’s a dolt (albeit a funny one!) who works in a nuclear power plant. Generalities and “using your own good judgment” aren’t positive things! Most of us aren’t Homer Simpson. The principles that govern a power plant are probably something such as safety above all, precision a [...]

CEO Coaching: Devotion

What is Your Relationship With Your Work? An older woman in our neighborhood has significant dementia. I first met her when I found her in my garage trying to pry the logo off my car. At that point, she could still talk, but it was far from coherent. She asked for water, and I got […]

CEO Coaching: Don’t Be a Firefighter — Be a Pilot!

Running a company (with the help of many others!) requires thinking about numerous things — often simultaneously, it seems. Your top competitor just launched a great product, your VP of HR has some very disturbing numbers about turnover, and your bank is worried that you’re close to breaking a covenant. And then there’s that upcoming […]

Big Problem? No Problem! Do the Putty!

Not so long ago, Russia had an explosion at a missile testing site. All good, says Vlad the Putty. No problem. Then, mysteriously, four nuclear monitoring sites went silent. “Transparency” and “Russian government” are two terms rarely used in the same sentence unless it also has the words “no, nyet or are you kidding?” Dictatorships […]