CEO Advice

Leadership Must Read Books for CEOs

                  I just finished reading and highly recommend that all CEOs read the book, Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change, by Bill Joiner and Stephen Josephs.  The book is a result of an extensive multi-decade study of 600 leaders. The authors found… Read more

What Drives Great CEO Leaders?

[youtube=] In this video, we celebrate the courage, determination, compassion, of several Vistage CEOs who make a difference in the world: Keith Whittemore, president of  Kvichak Marine Industries, helps clean up the BP Oil Spill in a commitment to make a difference in the gulf. Ken Sigman, CEO of Health & Benefits Systems,  talks about core values and… Read more

No Double Dip Recession

The Q3 2010 Vistage CEO Confidence Index results are in. According to 3rd quarter results, CEO confidence was up slightly, despite a slow-to-recover economy. Other highlights: 61% of CEOs said prices for their products and services would remain about the same for the next 12 months. 48% of CEOs expect health-care costs to rise 10-25%… Read more

Is Your Team Dysfunctional?

Do you look forward to team meetings? How vulnerable are the members of your team? Are they open with one another about their weaknesses and mistakes? Do your team mates genuinely and quickly apologize when they say or do something inappropriate or possibly damaging to the group? Or do all you hear are stories, excuses… Read more

How to Make Effective Requests to Get What You Want

One of the most frequent complaints I hear in my work with leaders of organizations is the following: “I am sick and tired of my people not following through.” As leaders, we depend on our staff to get things done. Many times when we don’t get what we want, we blame our employees and make… Read more

What’s Your Noble Cause?

What if you were the CEO of a company where you experienced the following? People collaborate and work towards a noble cause, propelled from their values Trust is assumed Everyone seems happy, inspired, and genuine Teams are the norm Fear and stress go down as the “interpersonal friction” of working together decreases People seek employment… Read more

Vistage CEO Member Companies Significantly Outperform

Has your company been able to grow in this economy? Vistage CEO members significantly outperformed the average D&B company during 2005 to 2009. The reason: they had help. I work with a group of Manhattan CEOs who serve as each other’s private Board of Advisors. We meet monthly to help each other tackle our most challenging issues and… Read more

CEOs Need Outside Advisors

One of the biggest advantages of membership in a CEO peer group, like Vistage International, is the opportunity to discover what you don’t know that you don’t know. The consequence of not knowing is that you can make some big mistakes. How do you know if you are on the right track? In the October… Read more

Hey Houston, We’ve Got a Problem. What CEOs can Learn from NASA.

During the Apollo 13 mission, astronaut James Lovell told mission control, “Hey, Houston, we’ve a problem here,” when an oxygen tank blew up and the command module’s lost electricity. This shifted the mission from landing on the moon to getting the astronauts back home alive. Sometimes, as CEOs, we need to shift the way we… Read more

CEO Advice: Watch How Funny Your Jokes Get.

Adam Bryant of The New York Times asked Nell Minow, the co-founder of Corporate Library what she learned from her best boss: “Watch how funny your jokes get.” And I must think about that three or four times a week. Not because I’m telling a joke and people are laughing, but because I need to… Read more

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