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Making Your Culture Contagious

Making Your Culture Contagious During some recent business travel, I finally had the opportunity to read Contagious - Why Things Catch On, by Jonah Berger.  Berger is a professor of Marketing at the Wharton School at [caption id="attachment_9931" align="alignright" width="320"] Positive State of Mind[/caption] the University of Pennsylvania.  While the…

2016 Vistage CEO Confidence Index survey- Q1

August, 2016 WSJ/Vistage Confidence Index CEOs expressed greater concerns about the outlook for the domestic economy but remained upbeat about their own firm’s prospects in the Q1 2016 Vistage CEO Confidence Index survey. [caption id="attachment_9856" align="alignleft" width="316"] confidence index[/caption] Below are some key highlights: 54% of CEOs plan to expand their…
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The Power of Questions— One Secret to Effective Communication

A Prudent Question Is One-Half of Wisdom Have you ever wondered about questions? Do you know someone who consistently seems to ask all the right questions . . . in just the right way? Have you noticed that these people are also marvelous conversationalists, even though you do most of…
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How a Bold, Curious Leader Turned Laclede Chain Around

How a Bold, Curious Leader Turned Laclede Chain Around In my new book “On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights,” I share a story about a client, Laclede Chain, that was “on the brink.” Stuck or stalled, however you describe it, Laclede had grown and captured market share but then reached…

Can You Learn Something From a Failed Venture?

Can You Learn Something From a Failed Venture? Building a successful business doesn’t always go in a straight line. Even in failure, hopefully there are some positive outcomes. Perhaps the best of these are “lessons learned”! Case in point: A couple of years ago, I wrote an article in Becker’s…
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How Much Is Marketing Really Worth To Your Company?

How Much Is Marketing Really Worth To Your Company? Well, there’s an often asked question. How do you answer it? We’ve seen and heard CMOs, VPs of Marketing, etc. scramble to create an answer to this question. Articles are written regularly on the importance of quantifying Marketing ROI and similar…
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Who’s On Your (Learning) Team?

Personal Bio: Leo Bottary is a thought leader, educator, and speaker on the topic of peer advantage.  During his tenure at Vistage Worldwide, Leo directed a thought leadership initiative on the power of peers in business, which resulted in a book he coauthored with Leon Shapiro titled:  The Power of Peers:…

The Internet of Things

You’ve heard of the Internet of Things (IoT)! In 2015, there were reportedly 20 billion devices online. By 2020, that number will balloon to 50 billion. I’m certainly doing my part to help us get there. The first “thing” that I added to the IoT was a gardencam. I garden…

“If Your Dreams Don’t Scare You – They’re Not Big Enough!”

Post: Do Your Dreams Scare You? If not – you’re doing it wrong! Personal Bio: In my 20+ years working as an organizational psychologist, I’ve worked with leaders at all levels. From the shiny new boss full of energy and enthusiasm (but not much awareness), to the battle-worn executive who…
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Do One Thing Well …

… Not two things poorly. We’ve all heard the saying but as with many things, it’s easier to say than to do. Deviating from my usual script, I’m not going to share an app or a social media tool this time, but instead tell a story about Apple. I’m thinking…
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