Leadership Skills


How Does Your Personality Affect Your Leadership?

After the death of Steve Jobs, Tim Cook was selected as the CEO of Apple, Inc. Cook's personality is very different from his predecessor's, and just like you, his personality influences how he leads his company. There are many ways to evaluate personalities and my preferred system is The Enneagram…
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Managing Culture: Whose Job Is It?

At a recent workshop, I spoke to a roomful of Human Resources directors about Blue Ocean Strategy® and how it was relevant to their roles in organizations that are changing. Their biggest challenge, they said, was less about adapting their strategies or enabling their organization to execute on new strategies. Rather,…

Your Most Important Job: Creating Safety

We are wired as social beings, with a strong need to connect and belong. In every interaction with your employees, you are either creating a psychologically safe or psychologically harmful environment for them. In his book, Silos, Politics and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn…

Harnessing Peer Advantage to Climb Your Mountain

Sometimes, especially when we're part of a team, whether in business or in life, our desired goal can feel more like scaling a mountain than running a race because every day feels like an uphill climb.  Surround yourself with people who can look at this climb in the right way…
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How to Create a Developmental Plan

Leaders are like fruit - you are either ripening or rotting. In today's dynamic and rapidly changing environment, no one can remain perfectly "ripe." If you try to hold the line and remain static, your organization (and world) move past and you fall behind and begin to decline. Consider this…

Are YOU an Idea Killer?

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.”  Charles Brower or Ovid How do you receive new ideas? Leaders know that ideas…

Attributes of High-Performing Employees, Executives and Leaders

I wish I had a dollar for every time one of my Vistage members says that “good employees are hard to find.” It’s easy to know when you do have one. They consistently exceed expectations and work well with others. But, what exactly makes a high-performing employee? Not surprisingly, the…

Where Are You in The Economic Cycle?

Imagine that you had a map that showed you where you were in an economic cycle? Then imagine that you had a list of ideal management actions to take for each phase of the cycle. How much would that be worth to you? Brian Beaulieu recently spoke at our annual…

How to Define and Drive an Intentional Culture

David Friedman recently spoke to my Vistage peer groups about the most practical and effective way to embed culture in a company that I had ever heard. David started by asking my members how important each of their own cultures were from a scale of 1 to 5. Most answered…

Demonstrate Leadership With Your Emotional Self-Regulation and Maturity

If I asked you to name someone who is emotionally immature, who comes to mind? Maybe it’s an adult acting like the kid throwing his phone in this Nationwide commercial. Hopefully, its not you! In the business environment, emotions still take second seat to logic, even though the work of…
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