Thursday, May 18, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
It could be said that Michael Jordan changed the game of basketball. Steve Jobs changed the game of cell phones. There are many more examples of game changers, like the Wright Brothers or Thomas Edison.
In the case of the Wright Brothers, they pursued a goal in the face of being
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
When your company is doing well,that is the time to orchestrate transformation. These are the immortal words from a former CEO of a Fortune 500. However, too often, CEOs are so focused on maximizing profits from existing revenue streams. As a result, when a competitor introduces a disruptive product or service, the incumbent is not prepared. That leads to being
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
From the perspective of business executives, there are two ways to grow an enterprise: build or buy.
They ask whether it is appropriate to build a new business idea, product or service from scratch. Or should the company buy an existing corporation that already provides the desired product or service?
The answer to that question: it depends. Either way, the solution is never simple.
Often, purchasing another organization is an
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Most of what is taught in business school has a focus on steady, incremental improvement. I don’t want to throw that out. I do, however, suggest that businesses can create quantum leaps. And the difference between the two processes is what defines leadership.
So, where do I start? I ask: What’s the difference between a manager and a leader? Managers become managers because
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
As a society, we continuously contemplate the meaning of life. In trying to define the reason for being, we attempt to understand the purpose of our own lives. That said, how do you know your purpose?
Some believe that purpose can be derived from
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
When I first meet with a client, I tell them something profound. Within the first 20 minutes of that meeting, I tell them they are still making decisions as a five year old. In every single case, they tell me that that does not apply to them. Over the next 90 minutes, they say something different. They come to the
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
For many, the job of the CEO looks like hard work. On the surface, observers see high responsibility, long hours and the weight of the company on the shoulders of a CEO. When you peel off the layers and look closer, you see the keys to move up the corporate ladder have more to do with
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The path to the C-Suite is not for everyone. That is where people with titles like CEO, CFO, COO, CIO, etc. work and serve as the leadership team in an organization. For those who make it, it can represent the quintessential career path of success. To get there, it may require one to be well educated, business savvy, a sound decision maker, a leader, intelligent and much more. From the outside, it may appear the requirements above are replaced by corporate politics. Even though politics may play a role, the C-Level executive of the 21st Century will have to meet demands that may not have
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
A breakthrough can be a wonderful milestone in anyone’s personal life. Or it can be a pivotal moment for a business.
As children, we accomplished several breakthroughs by age five. While those were monumental times, they were not
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Too often, you hear employees complain about the amount of meetings they attend. In some cases, they say there was no need for the meeting. In others, you hear the meeting could have been accomplished through emails. One of the worst outcomes of a meeting is the meeting after the meeting. Those can turn into the real meeting where
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Over the weekend, I spent a few hours with the older gentleman I know. His wisdom is exceptional. And I’m always prepared to hear what is on his mind. As usual, he engaged me in a thought provoking conversation that may cross the boundaries of political correctness. At the same time, it is a valuable conversation I would like to share.
He started with the following: It is a parent’s job to prepare their children for life. When they are negligent in that job, the child could grow up to be
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
I was recently engaged in an online conversation about the difference between experience and opinion. On the surface, they appear to be very different. However, when you peel back the layers, you discover they are birds of a feather.
When we are born, it is like we are given a
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
When ten people encounter an event together, why does each person recall a different story about it? One’s point of view can obstruct what is seen. By point of view, I’m referring to mental, not physical. With that question, it makes you wonder: Do we really experience what we say we experience?
The day we are born, we have no
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
From birth, there are certain things that all humans share, regardless of language or country. When we are born, no one is born with the ability to walk, talk, feed themselves, tie shoes or write their name. Each of us has gone through the process of learning those things. And we failed many times in the process. Those are some of the things that all healthy people share. It is part of our human experience. And it is part of the common ground that binds us together as a human race.
At the same time, even though we all experienced times of failing, like falling over and over when first learning to walk, we somehow began learning the value of
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Whether you’re the CEO or a supervisor, you will learn many lessons throughout your career. One resounding lesson learned by some managers is when to let go. Let go of what? You may ask. In previous articles, I talked about three levels of performers in a corporation – high performers, average performers and under performers. Then there is another group that can be one person or more, the
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” –Frank A. Clark
Shifting the Focus
The corporate environment is ripe for women and minorities to step into leadership roles. To maintain those roles, it will be important to develop skills to handle larger obstacles. When you aspire for higher accountability, you must be prepared for
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
“If you are not failing now and again, it’s a sign you’re playing it safe.”
For most of us, failure is something to avoid. Why? It makes us look bad. In some cases, we believe it makes us look incompetent.
Yet, when we go to the gym and lift weights, it is common to
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
There are a plethora of articles that support or condemn multitasking. Some say it takes 23% longer to finish one item when you multitask. Others say the brain is evolving and could potentially compartmentalize tasks simultaneously, like a computer. While both comments may have merit, there is an aspect of multitasking that is almost never discussed. That is the
Friday, July 22, 2016
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
In most companies, collaboration is a valuable part of corporate culture. In fact, it’s expected that teams, departments and divisions work and share information together. In some of the best companies, collaboration is well executed with outside vendors, suppliers and consultants. Yet, for some reason, collaboration does not always happen. Many businesses tend to be divided by silos – groups of people who function like clicks.