Tag: Effective Leadership

CEO Coaching: Distracted Ownership

A view of the owners’ box—with a new ownership group and president—at a Denver Broncos game surprised me (a Minnesota transplant from 30 years ago makes me more Broncos fan than Vikings). Several owners and the team president had their heads buried in their phones. I suspect they weren’t calling plays down to the new […]

CEO Coaching: 3 Minutes of Value

“If you spend 13 minutes a year on economics, you’ve wasted 10 minutes.” —Peter Lynch Lynch was referring to the ability of economics to predict recessions, and he’s mostly right. However, one thing I regret about my formal education is not studying economics more. I had a course or two in graduate school but wasn’t […]

CEO Coaching: Why Did You Succeed?

“Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance!” —Unknown It’s a good idea to understand what happened when you fail. Not to dwell on it, but to learn. As an individual and as a business.  It’s also valuable to understand what happened when you succeed. Not to claim the title […]

CEO Coaching: From Fear to Curiosity

I recently heard a piece on National Public Radio celebrating the 40th anniversary of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” In his recap, the reporter highlighted the children’s transition from fear to curiosity in response to meeting the alien. This concept struck me. What a wonderful perspective! Perhaps not if you encounter a ravenous grizzly bear by yourself […]

CEO Coaching: Leading, Not Presiding

While preparing to review a CEO, the chairman of a board I worked with said, “He doesn’t lead; he just presides!” It was a brilliant description of a CEO who was loved by his people but ineffective in his role. It’s about balance. Lest I get off on the wrong foot, I passionately believe that […]