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Category Archives: Company Culture

CEO Fail: The Playboy King

I spent some time recently in England and experienced for the first time the concept of monarchy. Seeing the English King’s palatial estate at Hampton Court brought home the opulence of the 17th century monarchy.

|29 Jul 2014

“Think Like a Freak” for CEOs

I was recently reading the latest book in the Freakonomics series by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner titled “Think Like a Freak.

|26 Jun 2014

Are you better at relating to employees or setting performance targets?

Most leaders tend to be better at either building relationships with employees or setting strong performance requirements for them, but the best CEOs and managers do both equally well.

|06 May 2014

Toyota’s move to Texas a good decision

A core role of the CEO is to ensure that the company has the proper resources to be successful. Most commonly people think of capital and people as the two primary resources needed.

|30 Apr 2014

Why “I don’t know” is a viable – even desirable – answer for CEOs

Two articles I read this week did an excellent job of communicating why CEO’s who admit they don’t know everything are often better performers, and CEOs who are know-it-alls damage their organizations.

|13 Mar 2014

CEO Class Starts April 4

Starting April 4, I am teaching my CEO class again in conjunction with the Rice Alliance Austin Chapter and the Austin Technology Council.

|11 Mar 2014

Five management lessons from Ben Horowitz

Excellent article based on the new book by Ben Horowitz.

|05 Mar 2014

How Does a Small Company Culture Lay Off Employees? With a Job Fair

Guest post by Veena Vadgama, Vice President of Marketing for Network Instruments
Making a decision to reduce headcount or shut down operations is a scenario no CEO ever wants to face.

|14 Jan 2014

CEO Fail: The “My Favorite Child” CEO

I have always tried to build relationships with CEOs of other companies to learn as much as possible from their experience.

|07 Jan 2014

Top 10 posts of 2013

In case you missed them, here are my most-viewed blog posts of 2013:

Support oddballs in your company culture
Texas vs.

|03 Jan 2014

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