Tag: Effective Leadership

CEO Coaching: Lathered Over Labor

“Expenditure of physical or mental effort especially when difficult or compulsory” — “Labor” definition, Merriam-Webster I’m not a fan of the term “labor” to describe some of the workers in the economy. It comes from the Latin word labor which means to toil or trouble. I never viewed the people that worked in the organizations […]

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, […]