Fight off overconfidence or go bust

  • July 29, 2016

As CEO of Blockbuster in 2004, John Antioco headed a retail giant. The $6 billion video rental chain earned 60% profit margins with 60,000 employees. But six years...

What’s behind leadership grit?

  • July 14, 2016

The concept of “grit”—a combination of perseverance and passion that underlie a person’s success—has been floating around for some time.

Is your leadership style NFL or NBA?

  • June 30, 2016

Sports commentator Mike Pesca, in considering how Adam Silver of the National Basketball Association and Roger Goodell of the National Football League run their...

How Many Goals Should You Set?

  • May 04, 2016

The title of this post is a great question and the answer is … It depends. Actually, there are, I believe, two answers that may seem in disagreement at first, but...

Don’t be a yes-but person

  • April 20, 2016

When something goes well, it is easy to put a damper on the good news with a “yes-but” mentality, for example, “We hit our target, but we could have...

The Danger in Leading Questions

  • April 11, 2016

I’m a big fan of the power of questions. I’ve written about that on this blog, and my blog on my website many times. But there are times when questions can...

How to work toward a promotion

  • March 22, 2016

Wanting a promotion and earning a promotion are two different things. However, earning a promotion isn’t as hard as everyone perceives.

The Biggest Barriers to Team Innovation

  • March 14, 2016

Most leaders profess to want innovative teams. And, while I believe that is what they want, they don’t necessarily act as if that goal is important to them. Not...

How a new CEO reinvented Best Buy

  • March 11, 2016

In 2012, Best Buy’s best years were behind it. The retail chain faced declining market share due to Amazon and other discount competitors.

Keeping Your Leadership Enthusiasm Alive

  • February 29, 2016

I was recently asked how to keep the enthusiasm for leading alive. This is an important question, because if you are “feeling” enthused, it is likely showing...

CEOs: Tear down those walls

  • February 27, 2016

As president of Aon Risk Services, Ted Devine ran a company with $5 billion in annual revenue and 28,000 employees. Yet, despite his prestigious post, he had career...