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It’s All About the People!

Using Developmental One-to-One’s “It’s all about the people.” This is a favorite phrase of my members when referring to the performance and value of their businesses.Therefore,  it’s not surprising that developing people is a vital function of the CEO role. There is little doubt that an aligned and motivated workforce…

Mandating Accountability Instead of Modeling It

“From now on, we WILL have a culture of accountability!” says Fred, the CEO of ABC Company at his monthly Executive Team meeting. His team looks at each other and they roll their eyes. They know something that Fred doesn’t: accountability starts with him, and he doesn’t have a clue…

How to Feel Productive: Change Your Definition

"How productive was your day, today?" I asked a member. "Very!" he said. “Great! What made it so productive?” "I spent the day with my Executive Team. It felt good to resolve some important business issues with my key leadership." What a unique view of productivity!. Why don't I hear…

The Art of Question Asking: The Other Half of Empathic Listening

Elvis Costello keeps singing in my head. “What so hard about peace, love and understanding?” It starts me thinking about today’s topic: What’s so hard about asking a question?  Why Is Question Asking Important? In my practice as a Vistage Chair, I use a Socratic approach with my members, asking…

Barrier Busting Opportunity Checklist

One  vital function of the role of CEO is eliminating barriers. Since the CEO holds THE position of power within the organization, only he/she can remove the major barriers that impede execution and employee engagement. Here is a Checklist list of common barriers to help you identify them in your…

Ignoring the Danger of Incremental Change

A Blinding Flash of the Not So Obvious Frank, is the founder and owner of WidgetsRUs which is 20 years old and in perpetual growth mode. Frank is a typical entrepreneur; optimistic and full of ideas. To finance growth, Widgets needs cash; lots of it. Before the last recession, Frank…

Abdication Instead of Delegation

  For many reasons, CEO’s find themselves doing work that others can and should be doing.  That’s not the mistake that I will discuss here, though. This blog will focus on mistakes leaders make when they attempt to delegate work but actually abdicate it. Most Common Scenario:  Over his morning…

Avoiding Difficult People Issues

During a meeting with a couple of other Vistage Chairs, we were discussing the most common mistakes we see CEO’s make.  This is the first, in a series, about them. Avoiding Difficult People Issues “If I didn’t have to deal with people, my job would be easy!”  My members and…

Change Your Business and Life with Empathic Listening

Empathic Listening When I first became a Vistage Chair several years ago, I thought I already had good listening skills.  I was wrong.  Since then, I have become convinced that if everyone knew how to truly listen, relationships and businesses would vastly improve.  Let’s briefly explore listening. Understanding others would…

Tactical Planning-Annual Goals

Tactical Planning-Annual Goals Empirical evidence shows that the most successfully attained goals are visible, written and motivating. Once you have designed your "Big Picture", your next step is to break it down into smaller components that can be easily communicated and tracked. For each strategic initiative, identify what you specifically…
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