In January of 1990, I started my first business as a budding entrepreneur. I provided career advisory services to private clients, many of whom were senior managers in their organizations. The reason my clients came to me was that they were at a personal inflection point–they were dissatisfied with their current role or organization and […]
As many of you know, I am a big fan of regular self-assessment. In my last blog post, I asked readers to perform a mid-year gut check review of their leadership accomplishments. I find that the six-month marker in the calendar year is a great time to assess your performance and set goals for the […]
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.
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.
Over the last few years, I’ve been on a journey of discovery. My clients have told me over and over again about the same problem: they spend a lot on developing leaders, but they don’t see that investment producing better leadership.
“Accountability is as important as the concept of leadership. Those who are granted power must be held accountable.” These observations came from John W. Gardner – former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson – in his book, Excellence, published in 1961.
In my travels around the world, I have frequently seen a troubling dynamic among aspiring leaders, those who demand to get something before they give their all to a leadership role. To explain, let me give you two different scenarios.
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.