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Are You Working Backwards from Customer Needs?

Remember when Amazon was just about books? These days I buy almost everything from Amazon except groceries. That may change now that Whole Foods is folding into Amazon. What happened? A valuable way for a leader to think: “A few years ago, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos wrote a letter to shareholders explaining how being “obsessed over customers” would protect them … Continue Reading

Rapid Learning for Leaders: The True Cost of a Bad Hire

The point underscored by these two articles? Making bad hires is more costly than you think. What have you found? See what Barry Shamis thinks next week. A couple nuggets to chew on before then: ONE The True Cost Of A Bad Hire — It’s More Than You Think by Falon Fatemi, founder and CEO of Node: Recruiter … Continue Reading

Does peer group make sense? Let’s talk and decide together.

What’s Vistage? It all starts with a group. Put 12-14 high performing business executives in a room and the potential is enormous. A Chair ensures that every bit of that wisdom and experience is a applied in the meeting. An expert guides the meetings. I’m a facilitator, guide and coach. I help stimulate thinking, frame issues, … Continue Reading

P.S. TEN REASONS to Test-drive a Seattle CEO Vistage Peer Group

I invite you to an opportunity to experience a CEO peer advisory group in action and hear from a world-class speaker. On Thursday, November 3, I’m hosting an invitation-only breakfast meeting to allow CEOs and business owners the opportunity test drive a Vistage group meeting. We’ll tackle a real issue that someone in the room is facing. Then, as … Continue Reading

Leading is BEING–Not Doing. What’s Your Reality?

Leadership is about BEING – not DOING. Yep, putting your feet on your desk and looking out your window is leading. You must make time to pause reflectively. You must make time to contemplate. You must make time to go deep. You must maintain your awareness of self and the values (and the “intolerables”) that guide you. … Continue Reading

Develop Your Own Personal CEO Guidance System

“Build an army around you and develop your own ‘personal guidance system’ like some of the most famous CEOs in history.” Why consider a CEO peer group? Growing your business isn’t easy. Richard Franzi: “The whole effort of CEOs working together is more than the sum of those same CEOs working separately…. The power of a CEO peer … Continue Reading

The CEO–Board Dynamic in Strategic Development and Oversight

Keep in mind: One of the primary responsibilities of the board is to “ensure the strategic guidance of the company.” – OECD Directors should “constructively challenge and help develop proposals on strategy.” –U.K. Corporate Governance Code Directors consider strategic planning and oversight to be their most important responsibility. –NACD How exactly does the board perform … Continue Reading

Isolated? Hearing Echos? Find Your Decision-Making Sweet Spot

To be a great decision-maker you must fine-tune your network. You must also carefully and continually engage in social exploration. From the HBR article, Beyond the Echo Chamber: “Decisions don’t happen in a vacuum; the best ones rarely come from deep pondering in isolation. They happen when people learn from and draw on the experiences of others. In this … Continue Reading

Living and Leading in the Perpetual Discomfort Zone…

I love this quote from Francisco D’Souza, CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions: In business, the comfort zone has never been a good place to be. Companies that get too comfortable risk becoming irrelevant, obsolete—and extinct. This is particularly true in today’s business world where the forces of globalization; new social, mobile, analytical and cloud technologies; and fast-changing … Continue Reading

How Does a CEO Create Positive, Purposeful Discomfort?

In my last post, I talked about mindset, growing through discomfort and the effort effect. Leadership is about influence. Leadership is about growing others. How do you do that? Make sure you focus on creating positive, useful discomfort for someone else. According to Bill Treasurer, author of Leaders Open Doors, “positive, purposeful discomfort” is about: Having your employees’ … Continue Reading

Genius is Purposeful. How Leaders Deliver Extraordinary Results…

Curious about an ongoing study of the mindsets of business leaders when delivering their most extraordinary results?  What is the mindset that shows up when CEOs are at their most effective? Of the eight mindsets identified, the “Purposeful” theme is exhibited by 82% of the leaders. This mindset is especially important to a sense of personal power … Continue Reading

Top 10 Reasons Why NOT to Join a CEO Peer Advisory Board

A note to CEOs from Artie Isaac, my Ohio-based Vistage Chair colleague: Some high-potential candidates raise obstacles, rather than applying for membership in Vistage. Here are some of their reasons. 10. “I can’t make the time to join Vistage.” You think your time is precious? No Vistage member has any more time than any other member. We … Continue Reading

10 CEO Nuggets for Finding and Keeping Your “A” team

A note to CEO’s from Theresa Torseth, my executive search professional friend: 1. Hire for attributes; train skill. Hire and promote first on the basis of integrity; second, motivation; third, capacity; fourth, understanding; fifth, knowledge; and last and least, experience. Without integrity, motivation is dangerous; without motivation, capacity is impotent; without capacity, understanding is limited; without … Continue Reading

Vistage Named Seventh among Training Magazine’s 2016 Top 125 Organizations

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 17, 2016) — Training Magazine, the leading business publication for learning and development professionals, has ranked Vistage Worldwide Inc. as the seventh leading organization among its Top 125 organizations for training and development. For Vistage, a global organization that assembles and facilitates private advisory boards for CEOs, senior executives and business owners, training … Continue Reading

Start Your “Mutual Selection Journey” into a CEO Peer Group…

You lead. You found. You own. You hold the President and CEO title. That seat is hot. You drive hard. You don’t take a break. You achieve big. Your energy is boundless. You are exhilarated. You might also feel lost, drained and disengaged. Sometimes you get stuck IN the weeds of your business. That’s the … Continue Reading

How Do You Triple Your Company’s Growth Rate?

Making a habit of getting unbiased counsel on your most important business decisions triples your company’s growth rate. As leaders, we often feel trapped in own businesses. Instead of working ON the business, we get stuck working IN the business. I’m also sure your management team and advisors serve you well but very often don’t have … Continue Reading

Seeking Real Leaders (CEOs) Desiring Brobdingnagian Awareness

Brobdingnagian is Vast, Huge, Big, Immense, Mammoth… The CEO superpower we all want in our arsenal? Mega self-awareness. Why? This is the basis for solid decision making. The best decisions rarely come from the CEO pondering in deep isolation. High-quality decisions and decision-making excellence happen when CEOs: …learn from and draw on the experiences of others. In … Continue Reading

The Essential Traits of Effective Leaders? Predicting CEO Success…

We know from Daniel Coleman in the HBR article – What Makes a Leader – that effective leaders are distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence in five areas: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill. Coleman’s findings are based on research at nearly 200 large, global companies. We know from the McKinsey article – Decoding Leadership: What really matters – that the secret … Continue Reading

CEO Snack: Value of Outside Peers…

Make sure to keep your energy up today. Here are a couple snacks to chew on: 9 Reach out for support. It’s lonely at the top and having a couple trusted advisors or peers outside your company who you can run things by will help you learn new tricks, see things from different perspectives and avoid … Continue Reading

“Why” am I a Vistage Chair in Seattle?

Are you about having conversations that matter? Are you the president, CEO, founder, owner, managing partner or general manager (chief executive) Are you P&L responsible and the final decision-maker? If so, we should talk. “To overcome the isolation at the top, CEOs need to find people they can trust who can hold up the mirror to them. … Continue Reading
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