Category: Blogs

CEO Coaching: The Five Reasons You’ll Fail

Many newer CEOs have contacted me during the pandemic, seeking answers about how to succeed in the role. They’re a bit lonely and frightened. Their questions and statements, however, are often phrased like, “How do I keep my job?” or “I want to avoid making big mistakes right out of the gate” or “I don’t […]

CEO Coaching: Treat People Like Gold and You’ll Have More Gold!

A recent Wall Street Journal article (“How Higher Wages Can Increase Profits”) indicates that higher wages can not only reduce turnover and increase recruiting of talented people (no real surprise there) but also increase productivity in existing staff. So higher wages in this example (expense for the business) can achieve higher profit—pretty cool! Mysterious altruism […]

CEO Coaching: The CEO’s Critical Skill Set

A new CEO asked me which important leadership skills he needed to succeed—the building blocks of success. I suspect he thought my answer would include things like industry knowledge, technical brilliance, negotiating prowess and capital structure analysis. Those are all interesting, but they aren’t success factors I’ve observed in my many years of coaching successful […]

CEO Coaching: Start With The Basics

“Gentlemen, this is a football.” —Vince Lombardi Although I can’t imagine his accomplished players — back in 1961 — were excited to hear this, I appreciate that when you’re seeking improvement, you start with the basics. It’s difficult to get onto a professional football team while lacking basic skills. But I’ve seen numerous senior managers, […]