Mar 23, 2017 5:49:56 AM

"Who" You Are Will Always Trump "What" You Are In The End

...but you shouldn't wait 'til the end to find that out.

Yesterday morning I delivered the commencement keynote for Cal Poly's class of 2015 engineers.  Beyond simply being a privilege and an honor to talk to this group, it's also a pretty huge responsibility – and I wanted to leave them with some bit of wisdom that was as far from trivial as I could manifest.  Life is short and we only get one chance to get it right.  Here were my thoughts on how we'll be remembered: 

Mar 23, 2017 4:38:34 AM

Walk Your High Wire

I'll never forget the first time I read Philippe Petit's story. In August of 1974 he spent 45 minutes making eight passes across a 26' high-wire (1350 feet above the ground) tied across each Twin Tower in NYC. The World Trade Center had just opened. Petit was 24 years old.

Mar 23, 2017 4:29:14 AM

Responsible technology can play a crucial role in moving our country forward

Two weeks ago, I had the chance to visit Wisconsin, where I grew up. It’s a state that has obviously been in the news lately in the context of the presidential election. It’s also a state with a rich history of industrial innovation that helped propel the United States to global leadership. The country’s first hydroelectric power plant, built in my home town of Appleton in 1882, helped light the way towards the future that includes the electronic devices we enjoy today. Yet Wisconsin, like many states, also faces new and complex challenges due to the nonstop pace of societal and technological change and the issues that arise with it.

Mar 23, 2017 4:17:39 AM

The CEO's Guide to Brand Survival

“To market at the speed of culture, you need to be clear on your purpose. Brands that are clear on this can deliver new initiatives quickly because they understand why they are doing it and how it aligns with their brand values.” - Carolyn Bendall, Head of Marketing, ANZ

Every brand has a life cycle. 

Mar 19, 2017 1:23:34 PM

The vital company metric... no one is tracking

One out of every five of my employees won’t be in their roles next year. And I couldn’t be happier.

Mar 19, 2017 10:02:13 AM

How to Swim with The Sharks

There are thousands of businesses out there, but how does one get their big break?

Mar 19, 2017 9:56:13 AM

There Is NO Burnout

 

Mar 19, 2017 9:55:10 AM

The Most Important Job of a CEO

Originally posted on Linkedin Pulse.

The role of CEO, like most leadership jobs, is multi-faceted and engaging, no matter the size of the organization. The most effective leaders I admire share that early in their careers, they learned the importance of hiring top talent and creating an environment where that talent is empowered and supported to do the best work of their lives.

Mar 19, 2017 9:52:59 AM

My 12 Rules for Success

Originally posted on Linkedin Pulse

I like lists. They keep me organized; they keep me focused. I operate best with lists. From my years writing on this blog, I know my readers like lists, too. 

Mar 19, 2017 9:52:01 AM

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