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CEO Credibility: Ethos in the 21st Century

Aristotle’s Rhetoric from the 4th century B.C. has many lessons for CEOs today striving to do their best. In particular, his artistic proofs or means of persuasion – ethos, logos, and pathos – match up nicely with what I think …

|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. The key tools of leadership …

|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, …

|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. Since I didn’t have much experience …

|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 …

|15 Nov 2012