Yearly Archives: 2012

21st Century Employee Motivation (Video)

What’s the best way to motivate employees? Career analyst Dan Pink gave a fantastic presentation at the TEDGlobal 2009 conference titled “The Puzzle of Motivation,” where he discussed the science behind extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivators.

|27 Dec 2012

Hiring for Cultural Fit vs. Competence

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Earlier this week I continued my series about the three most important tools a CEO needs to succeed: credibility, competence, and caring.

|20 Dec 2012

CEO Competence: Logos in the 21st Century

All humans are fallible.
CEOs are humans.
Therefore, all CEOs are fallible.
Okay, I’m sure you didn’t need this syllogism to be convinced of the fallibility of CEOs. But Aristotle’s work in logic from the 4th century B.C.

|18 Dec 2012

The Importance of Business Partners

The struggles many companies are facing today reminded me of this story. Like most Americans I distinctly remember where I was on September 11, 2001.

|13 Dec 2012

CEO Reputation Matters (Infographic)

Check out this infographic by CEO.com and DOMO about how much CEO reputation can impact customers and investors. I think this is an interesting follow up to my last post about how Aristotle’s Rhetoric has important lessons for CEO credibility.

|11 Dec 2012

CEO Credibility: Ethos in the 21st Century

Bust of Aristotle. Marble, Roman copy after a Greek bronze original by Lysippos from 330 BC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Aristotle’s Rhetoric from the 4th century B.C. has many lessons for CEOs today striving to do their best.

|10 Dec 2012

CEO Cheerleader Fail: Drawbacks of the Eternal Optimist

How many ways can a CEO fail? Over the next several months I will count the ways. These failure modes involve the CEO acting in some manner that harms their ability to lead the organization.

|05 Dec 2012

Juggling vs. Plate Spinning

I spent most of my summers as a kid hanging around at tennis tournaments across the South. You spend a lot of time at these events just waiting: Waiting for your court to open up…waiting for the courts to dry, etc.

|30 Nov 2012

The Most Dangerous Man in a Meeting

I was in a meeting the other day where one individual begin to dominate most of the conversation. He sounded confident in his delivery and seemed to have a strong opinion on every topic.

|30 Nov 2012

Walking the Tightrope

Caught up in a whirlwind can’t catch my breath
Knee deep in hot water broke out in a cold sweat
Can’t catch a turtle in this rat race
Feels like I’m losin’ time at a breakneck pace
“Tightrope”
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
The Ame

|15 Nov 2012

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