Jul 24, 2017 8:44:37 AM

There’s No Such Thing as a Perfect Business

Companies don’t just appear fully-formed and perfect. They are built over time. But how fast? And, well, how?

Jul 24, 2017 8:41:34 AM

Even CEOs Need Mentors: How A Silicon Valley Veteran Passes the Torch

Bruce Chizen has the kind of unique executive experience that would fill a book of business school case studies.  

As the CEO of Adobe Systems – the company that makes Photoshop, Premiere and more – Bruce mentored his replacement, Shantanu Narayen. He got mentored by the company's co-founder and original CEO, John Warnock. And he often sat across the bargaining table from Apple CEO Steve Jobs. 

Jul 24, 2017 8:10:32 AM

Bottom line impact of employee recognition

I often think that every other business owner may well be having a far easier time than me. The grass does always seem greener. Critical to knowing that you are on the right path (in the face of whatever drama may have occurred today) is the process of reporting and review (have I lost you?)… and in so doing, take the time to celebrate.

Jul 24, 2017 4:00:36 AM

Emergent Leadership

Jul 23, 2017 1:07:41 PM

What’s Beneath the Surface in Your Organization?

When Shauna was hired to be the executive director of a non-profit focused on access to clean water, she quickly realized that the four program sites operated fairly independently, and not at all efficiently. Each site had different systems, and those differences caused problems – not just duplicate mailings, but key donors missing from invitation lists. Shauna quickly developed standardized policies and systems, and sent them to the four sites to be implemented immediately.

Jul 23, 2017 1:03:46 PM

Where's Your Happy?

I recently had the pleasure of doing a fireside chat with my son, David, at a Marriott conference. The theme of our conversation centered on how we promote associate wellbeing through our TakeCare program and where we find our happiness. It’s a simple topic on the surface, but the answer means something different to every person.

Jul 15, 2017 8:11:13 AM

Emergent Leadership

We’re living in what I call The Emergent Era—a period defined by the emergence of new ways of working, governing, and living. Even though these new patterns aren’t fully formed yet, the systems they’re replacing are waning and in some cases gone completely.

Jul 15, 2017 7:35:12 AM

The 10 Things NOT To Do When Pitching a Venture Capitalist

There’s a lot in the press these days about the behavior of some venture capitalists toward women entrepreneurs. The industry – or at least parts of it – needs to change. That isn’t what this article is about. (It is, however, what this article is about.)

Jul 15, 2017 4:48:52 AM

How to Handle Difficult Conversations Like Great Leaders Do!

Most people avoid difficult conversations because they are painful, awkward, and well, difficult. That’s most people. Leaders, managers, and employees who are successful at work have to learn how not to avoid difficult conversations.

Jul 15, 2017 3:38:11 AM

Is your culture what you think it is?

How a positive high-performance culture can reap the biggest rewards.

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