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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

How do I build my personal, professional and company brand on LinkedIn? Seattle Vistage Workshop (RSVP NOW)

Decide Today. How you and your employees appear, connect, search and engage on LinkedIn is critical to increasing your sales pipeline and personalizing your marketing campaigns. Do you and your employees believe that? Does your sales force lead from a growth mindset? Are they aligned with your marketing folks? Have they honed the skills necessary … Continue Reading

A “Job Posting Done Right” Benchmark in Seattle

Business Development Lead – Strategy + Marketing = Great Opportunity! (Belltown) hide this posting compensation: DOE – Salary + Bonus/Commission employment type: full-time Dynamic Computing is looking for a Business Development Lead! Dynamic Computing is a leading Managed IT Service Provider to small and mid-sized companies and organizations located in the Puget Sound region and … Continue Reading

Strong Leaders Cultivate a Growth Mindset. See Visual:

What I believe about my abilities and potential fuels my behavior and predicts my success as a person and a leader. I’m dedicated to staying in shape. I do CrossFit and Yoga. Why wouldn’t I also tune-up the internal dialogue that shapes every aspect of my life? That inside game starts with mindset and focus. Choosing a growth mindset “…creates a passion for … Continue Reading

Register for Seattle’s Vistage Executive Summit – Tuesday, May 16th

Driving Dynamic Decisions Executives are in the business of making decisions. Difficult decisions. Big decisions. Decisions no one else can make. Many times, there are no clear-cut answers. But there ARE make-or-break consequences. This is the world you live in. Own it. Don’t just make a decision. Optimize it. What is the Vistage Executive Summit? Helmed by … Continue Reading

What is Your Peer (and Leadership) Superpower?

No doubt you arrived at my blog after receiving a handwritten card. That note of gratitude promised an answer to this question: do you wonder what we treasure most about you? Before I answer, let’s deconstruct how you ended up in our peer “discovery” group. First, we stripped away title; we imagined you powerless. Second, we saw a … 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

Selecting Seattle CEOs for 2nd Peer Advisory Board

The most effective CEOs work on (NOT in) the business. These CEOs understand and value strategic solitude and deep thought. These CEOs constantly gather insight from new and unfiltered sources. You won’t find these CEOs on the tactical treadmill to nowhere. These CEOs don’t get caught in an echo chamber. These CEOs are not lonely and … 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

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

Generating Rapid, Repeatable Revenue: Seattle CEO Workshop

This is just a quick reminder about the private CEO breakfast/lunch meeting I’m hosting at Escala on June 21 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM. At this private peer advisory board meeting, we’ll hear from Vistage speaker Greg Winston. He’s talking about Generating Rapid, Repeatable Revenue. Greg explains how to improve sales and how to hire … Continue Reading
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