The lead article in the November 2016 issue of the Harvard Business Review is entitled, The Best Performing CEOs in the World. Although it is an interesting article in its own right (the three CEOs interviewed, Martin Sorrell, Pablo Isla and Lars Rebien Sørensen have a lot of intriguing things to say about executive pay, brand building and Millennials) the most intriguing nugget coming out of the conversation was how few of the hundred Best Performing CEOs were women. Very few. Damn few.
Thursday, 3 November 2016
Friday, 3 June 2016
Thursday, 7 April 2016
Former Deloitte consulting partner Michael McLaughlin wrote an interesting post where he asked a question: Should business experts write a book? It's such an important question that, with his permission, I decided to re-post key excerpts from it here in my blog:
Every would-be author wants to know how to get his or her book published, and business authors are no different. You have two options: find a traditional book publisher, or self-publish. There are pros and cons to both, but it gets a little tricky if you decide on #2 because there are a vast array of self-publishing options available and the publishing landscape keeps changing.
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
The era of Bill Gates and Andy Groves and Steve Jobs has come to a close, and a new group of entrepreneurs and leaders is emerging—one as talented and driven as any previous generation I can think of. But there’s something profoundly wrong with the next generation of business leaders, as business channel CNBC has inadvertently pointed out.
Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Monday, 7 December 2015
Rich Man, Poor Man,
Beggar Man, Thief
I came across Adam Grant’s book, Give and Take, only recently, and it left an indelible impression on me. He says there are three groups of people in the world: givers, takers and matchers. Actually, there’s a fourth group, which I'll get to in a moment.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Monday, 21 September 2015
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Its Roots Run Deep
A year ago I made the big move from Toronto to Cambridge – part of the Kitchener-Waterloo region located an hour away from Toronto. It’s a beautiful part of the world removed from the gridlocked hustle and bustle of its big city neighbour. But what’s most interesting to me is that while the Kitchener-Waterloo region, also known as the Tri-Cities region, has become a global hotspot for entrepreneurship, it has much less to do with Blackberry than you might think.
Monday, 27 July 2015
Recently, I've been helping a startup position their new software product. It occurred to me that most of us are startups one way or the other. We're all trying to find a position to start a conversation or promote a product or a perspective. But what does the word 'position' really mean, and why do so many business startups fail to position their product or service at all?
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Sunday, 31 May 2015
- Dan Heath
It's time to reach out to the people who know your organization best
Monday, 27 April 2015
Despite the importance of decision-making, and despite all the research into decision-measurement that has taken place over the past three decades, studies continue to show that the majority of business decisions are simply wrong. Which begs the question:
Why aren't business executives getting better at making them?
Monday, 23 March 2015
Everyone wants to make good decisions. So why don't we make more of them more of the time?
The reason, of course, is that we’re human. But that’s not a very helpful answer, is it? If we want to be better decision-makers, we need to go a little deeper and try to discover the why behind the what. What’s the root cause behind so many of our poor decisions?
Tuesday, 23 December 2014
When I studied screenwriting a decade ago, one of the most important concepts I learned was specificity. When writing a story, push hard for the telling detail, said my teacher, the incomparable Nika Rylski. Don't say it is a late model sedan. Say it is a midnight blue Lexus with a broken right headlight. Don't tell us it's a Sunday. Let us feel the Sunday morning drizzle.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
The art of being vulnerable
Leadership isn't just about being open to employees’ thoughts and insights and ideas. It’s about giving your employees permission to be open as well. But if leaders don't open up and show their vulnerability first, it's highly unlikely employees will take the risk. As a result, leaders won't get what they really need from their employees: actionable feedback.
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
[This post appeared yesterday on the APQC blog.]
CEOs are the racehorses of the business world. They move fast, they’re accustomed to finishing first, and they often wear blinders to avoid distractions and stay focused. And that may be a problem because today’s CEOs face a wider and deeper set of challenges than ever before.
Friday, 12 September 2014
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Friday, 25 July 2014
(And why thought leadership is like barbecue sauce)
In Part 1 of this post, I suggested that maybe it was time for marketers to get back to basics. CEOs certainly feel that way, as a survey by the Fournaise Marketing Group revealed:
Saturday, 28 June 2014
Monday, 26 May 2014
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Thursday, 27 March 2014
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