Running a business is not a democracy

Many leaders believe they need to build consensus. By building consensus, they think they will develop greater harmony, solidarity and even better overall alignment in their organization.  The actual outcomes of consensus-based decision-making are less robust than you might think.  Decision-making can slow down; everyone has an opinion and will stand by that opinion. Personalities […]

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The IKEA Effect

Recently, Vistage speaker of the year, Dean Minuto, delivered a one-hour webinar to my Vistage groups. In that webinar, he introduced an idea that piqued my interest as it applies to the organizations that work with me. The IKEA effect is a cognitive bias in which consumers place a disproportionately high value on products they […]

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Leadership Lessons from Google

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, has a problem. One of his chief engineers and VPs, James Damore, wrote a manifesto describing his views of the culture and diversity at Google. Damore’s ten-page memorandum accused Google of silencing conservative political opinions and argued that biological differences play a role in the shortage of women in tech […]

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Naysayers Can Be Our Best Allies

The CEO of a large Oil and Gas Company addresses his senior leadership team to find that all financial metrics are pointed in the wrong direction.  Their “big idea” was not working out… Everyone agreed that their idea to convert raw peanuts into jet fuel was bold and creative.  R&D produced weekly updates that indicated […]

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Evoke Trust

In the most recent book published by Gallup, “Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow,” authors, Tom Rath and Barry Conchie, conducted thousands of interviews to determine that followers have four basic needs that they want leaders to meet—trust, compassion, stability, and hope. Effective leaders need to move from the old command-and-control […]

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Purpose is hard to find…look for a little soul

  On June 5 my dad passed away. Seventy years ago, when he was just 14-years-old, he wrote a short story about “his radio tower.” And, for the next 70 years he lived his purpose. He wanted to own and operate some of the best radio stations in the country, and he did just that, […]

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What is Purpose, and Why is it so Important?

Mindfulness for executives is resonating.  Considering the accelerated pace of change, the 24/7 connectivity, the constant cycle of ruminating over decisions and the stresses of dealing with the pressures of the position, CEOs have looked to meditation to help them be in the moment, reduce stress and add clarity and focus to decision making. Another […]

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Employee Engagement GROWTH: Humanizing Leadership through Purpose

In 1967, Peter Drucker wrote ,“The Effective Executive.”  That’s almost 50 years ago.  In the book, he discusses managing “knowledge workers.”  The definition of a knowledge worker is: “a person whose job involves handling or using information.”  Mr. Drucker describes at least 12 lessons for leaders to help these knowledge workers become more effective.  The […]

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