Apr 24, 2017 4:17:33 AM

Communicate the Big Ideas – and Don’t Be Afraid to Change Them

Recently, I was honored to connect with General David Petraeus to discuss his approach to leadership. His storied career in the military includes leading coalition forces and counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan; he literally wrote the book on counterinsurgency and is credited with turning around the war in Iraq in 2007. In short, Petraeus knows a thing or two about leadership.

Apr 24, 2017 4:14:14 AM

Raising Aspirations - a differentiator between management and leadership?

One of the lesser-known leadership characteristics of the Ceannas Leadership Index is “Aspiration: I have high aspirations for other people”. This characteristic features as part of the Parent Lens.

Apr 24, 2017 4:07:24 AM

Driven to Achieve… Too Much?

Six months into her new role as head of the accounting division for a global transportation company, Sarah was frustrated. She had worked hard to earn her new position and didn’t understand why her boss had just given her a lukewarm review, faulting her leadership skills. She had never received anything but high praise from professors at the university she attended, and as she worked her way up from an entry-level position into increasingly more responsible roles in this company. If there is one thing Sarah knows how to do, it is to set a challenging goal and work hard and smart until she achieves it.

Apr 23, 2017 8:45:16 AM

13 Business Lessons I'm Still Learning, Some Better Than Others

Everyone wants to advise you on product. No one wants to advise on management. But business and management doesn't change as much. It can be passed along and so in that spirit, I'd like to tell you:

Apr 17, 2017 2:40:36 PM

Permission to Disengage

A few weeks ago I read about the “right to disconnect” – a new French labor law that mandates companies of a certain size establish offline hours where staff cannot send or respond to emails. I don’t like this law, but not for the reason you may think. The French government constructed it with good intentions, but I believe it’s misguided because the hours during which people disengage from email depend entirely on how they work.

Apr 17, 2017 2:33:31 PM

Why I’m Still Breaking the Rules (And You Should, Too)

Try to ignore the misplaced apostrophe in PC’s Limited. It was the 80s. I was a kid in a rush to make it in the world of business. I was breaking rules I didn’t know existed (and grammar was just one of them). :)

Apr 17, 2017 2:28:10 PM

The 4 Most Important Words in Business

California has its share of famous streets: Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Boulevard. But for entrepreneurs, the real main drag is Sand Hill Road. Lining this stretch of asphalt outside Menlo Park are a who’s who of elite venture capital firms. Nearly every top Silicon Valley company has started here.

Apr 17, 2017 2:25:37 PM

The Perils of Using Dashboards to Drive a Company

IT “dashboards” have become highly seductive to CEOs of midsized companies. Who could resist up-to-date, easy-to-digest information on business performance, and how the team is performing? Not many CEOs. Yet if they knew how long and how much money it will take to install such systems – months and sometimes years – they might think twice. But whether or not companies implement them (and there are good reasons to implement them at the right time), these automated dashboards don't replace good old-fashioned management techniques.

Apr 17, 2017 7:37:21 AM

Six things that make a good workplace great

A few weeks ago, I was in Silicon Valley where I spent time at Stanford, Cruise Automation and Lyft. I enjoyed delivering the commencement address at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business’ graduation, and it was exciting to meet the teams as we continue to redefine personal transportation.

Apr 8, 2017 3:44:13 PM

It's not often we admit what we don't know.

What I didn’t know….

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