Yearly Archives: 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

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

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