Monthly Archives: October 2013

CEO Fail: Saint CEO

Photo credit: By Túrelio via Wikimedia CommonsIn the summer of 1984 I was lucky enough to participate in a church youth group trip to Rome where Mother Theresa was scheduled speak to an assembly of all the youth groups from the U.S.

|31 Oct 2013

10 ways CEOs can get better at their jobs

“Learning is not compulsory but neither is survival.” W. Edwards Deming

Whether the result of ignorance, hubris or both, it is easy as a CEO to get trapped into thinking that you should have all the answers.

|29 Oct 2013

How to tell if a company prioritizes budget over productivity

I know a senior manager at a large company who did not meet his direct manager for 18 months due to a travel ban. Finally, the ban was lifted and he made the trek to corporate headquarters to meet his boss.

|24 Oct 2013

How to balance the budget with the business

Photo credit: 401(K) 2013
As I mentioned in my most recent post – The budget is set so no brilliant ideas until next year – in many companies budgets are often the only strategic, tangible plans that lower-level managers and employees are expose

|22 Oct 2013

The budget is set so no brilliant ideas until next year

I just wrote about the failings of the Budget Tyrant CEO. Here’s a real-life example of the consequences of this fiscal autocrat’s policies. I served as an IT manager at a large Fortune 500 company in the late 90s.

|17 Oct 2013

CEO Fail: The Budget Tyrant CEO

The tyranny of the annual budget reigns supreme over a business ruled by the Budget Tyrant.

|15 Oct 2013

It takes different strokes to move a company

In his latest column – “Starting and Finishing” – Fred Wilson writes about the different skill sets needed to found a company and then to build the business.

|10 Oct 2013

Management by rules or values? Part 2

I recently asked how CEOs can gain the efficiencies of a rules-based organization while maintaining the flexibility of a values-based approach? The answer lies in flipping traditional management on its head.

|08 Oct 2013

What should CEOs study to prepare for the role?

The subject of my latest article for Forbes.com is what CEOs should study outside of traditional business education that will help them succeed on the job.

|03 Oct 2013

Management by rules or values? Part 1

Monkey See, Monkey Doomed
One day a researcher put five monkeys in a cage. In the middle of the cage he placed a ladder that provided access to a string of bananas he had tied to the top of the cage.

|01 Oct 2013

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