“Good players can’t overcome bad coaching.” It’s one of my favorite adages about leadership which I heard once again this week from Bill Belichick, the legendary Head Coach of the once again Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots. After Sunday’s big win, Belichick was interviewed by ESPN. A panel of football experts followed up […]
The moment I bumped into Mike, it all came flooding back to me. A now-retired CEO of a large chemical company, Mike had been a client of mine back in the day. That’s not too riveting in and of itself. But it was how he came to be a client that made us both smile […]
When I first started working in the leadership industry, the great expectations of leadership only fell to the senior executives of a company. These leaders were under pressure to think strategically, steer organizational change, and execute all aspects of the business plan. Expectations for middle and front-line managers were pretty minimal. They simply needed to […]
I’ve always loved reading the ancient writings of Greek mythology. The stories have always fascinated me because they spoke so eloquently about the human condition of the time.
The term ‘downward spiral’ seems to be all the rage. It’s understandable given what’s going on in the world these days. I did a quick search of the Web this past week and found numerous stories where downward spiral – defined in contemporary terms as an unstoppable downward trajectory – was used to describe the […]
There are few business leaders who truly deserve the title of “innovator” more than Mickey Drexler. Drexler was considered a man ahead of his time when he was CEO of Gap Inc. back in the 1990s. He also spent time on the board of Apple and was considered a mentor to the mercurial Steve Jobs.
In my book, The Leadership Contract, I position that there is no easy path to being a truly accountable leader. Almost everything a leader is asked to do involves considerable hard work: delivering consistent financial results, attaining high team performance, executing strategy, leading change and driving innovation. All these tasks place enormous demands and pressures […]
Few of us become leaders thinking we’re going to fail. But at one point or another, everyone in a leadership role will suffer a setback. It’s how we react to those setbacks that define who we are as people and as leaders.
It was big-time news earlier this month when Jeff Jones quit his post as president of ride-sharing app Uber. And not just because it was the latest story to emerge from a company besieged by a wrath of negative news.
Imagine your teacher has asked you and your friend to stack chairs on the desks at the end of the school day. You both stack the same amount of chairs and complete the job equally as well. Then your teacher comes over and hands you a reward, but you notice your friend […]