Valuable Insights for Today's Leaders
Understanding your competitive position leads to success in building a business
Before you enter a new business or develop strategies to build competitive advantage for an existing business, you need to understand your business’s competitive position in the marketplace.
Follow these 8 tips to build a strong personal brand and advance your career
Companies with a great brand reputation have a competitive advantage. The same holds true for a personal brand. Follow these 8 tips to differentiate yourself from your peers with a strong personal brand.
What businesses can learn from the Iowa Democratic Caucus debacle
Business processes that are too complex run the risk of being error-prone. Adopt the simplest process that gets the job done, and operationalize every aspect of it before it goes live.
What athletics can teach leaders
Every leader wants to build teams that achieve great results. What is the most effective way of doing so? In this week’s article, I look at examples of great leadership found in athletics.
Breaking Paradigms Is Key To Business Growth And Competitive Success
A key attribute of all successful organizations is the ability to break long-held paradigms, which are established ways of doing things. How many of us have heard the response, “But that’s the way we’ve always done it,” when a new, better approach was suggested?
Why didn’t Wells Fargo leadership recognize the importance of trust?
The most important attribute of all organizations is the level of trust between its leaders and their employees, and how an organization deals with its customers/clients. Wells Fargo failed in this important area.
Leadership lessons from the Challenger disaster: Face the brutal facts of reality
The decisions leading up to the Challenger disaster are so important that each year, I write an article to remind leaders about three valuable lessons taught by the Challenger tragedy.
Be different than your peers to land that next job
Regardless of where you are in your career, your resume needs to demonstrate how you are different than your peers.
Boeing 737 Max grounding: When the risk of failure is catastrophic, don’t take shortcuts
If the risk of failure could be catastrophic, you must not take shortcuts, but double-down on risk assessment and safety assurance to prevent a catastrophe and the resulting huge liability.
Earning employees’ trust leads to building a high-performance team
The most important characteristic of all organizations is the level of trust between the leaders and their employees, and among employees themselves.
Selling your ideas is the key to professional advancement
The ability to get others to buy into our ideas and initiatives and rally them to the cause is a primary skill of all leaders.
Be different! The key to business and career success
My book is based on personal experience serving in
the trenches, rising to the position of CEO of PQ Corporation, as well as what I
have learned by serving as a director on public, private, private equity and
nonprofit boards. The following advice is excerpted from my book.
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