Monthly Archives: November 2013

Of course presidents lie?

I don’t agree with the pretext of this CNN article that “of course all presidents lie” and that it is necessary for the job.

|26 Nov 2013

Are you using “business” in a derogatory way?

I was in a meeting the other day and heard someone use a word in a way that I find very interesting: “Business.” I had asked a question and one of the other two participants responded with, “Let me answer that, that is a business question.

|21 Nov 2013

The power of a simple message from 7 score and 10 years ago

Today is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. As you may know, Lincoln was not the keynote speaker that day: Edward Everett, an orator from Massachusetts, spoke for more than two hours immediately before Lincoln.

|19 Nov 2013

Rating employees has its merits

Microsoft has finally abandoned its ill-conceived performance review system that pitted employee against employee. It would be easy to conclude from this that rating employees is a bad idea. Nothing could be further from the truth.

|18 Nov 2013

The million dollar hire

I was recently reminded of how important a single personnel decision can be. I traveled to San Francisco to make a presentation on behalf of a non-profit organization I’ve worked with for a couple of years.

|14 Nov 2013

Honoring one leader on this Veteran’s Day

On this Veteran’s Day I am reminded that my first exposure to a really good leader was in the U.S. Navy.

|11 Nov 2013

When CEOs demonstrate cowardice under fire

I was a member of a CEO peer group years ago. The format of the monthly meetings involved reviewing your current business situation and discussing what actions each CEO should take.

|07 Nov 2013

Winning the People CEO Style

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Governor Chris Christie, R-N.J., was re-elected as New Jersey governor in a landslide victory last night. His crossover appeal to independents and Democrats has lessons for CEOs.

|06 Nov 2013

What links CEOs of billion-dollar start-ups?

I found this article from Aileen Lee fascinating: Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning From Billion-Dollar Startups. She looks at the 39 U.S.

|04 Nov 2013

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