Category: Leadership

Big Shoes to Fill

At the ASAE and the Center Annual Meeting last month, I went to a session about surviving the first 100 days as a new CEO. One of the dynamics the presenters described was the challenge of taking over from a “legend” CEO ...

Management Style

I have been arguing for years that managing human dynamics in organizations is critical to bottom line success, so I was pleased to see an article in September’s Fast Company that cited some research that substantiates t ...

Young Wisdom

In reaction to my proud promise that I would do NO WORK at all for one week during our family vacation next week, my eight-year-old replied: "Dad, grownups really need summer vacations." Amen. ...

Orbiting Hairballs

For my birthday last month, I got a great book by Gordon MacKenzie, called “Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace.” MacKenzie worked at Hallmark cards (when you care enough to send ...

Admitting Mistakes

Admitting Mistakes I spoke to a senior executive this week who said he had been dragged over the coals during a performance review, simply because he had initiated an open and honest discussion with his superiors about w ...