Managing in a Bubble

Let me begin by saying that I know many superb senior executives who have risen to top leadership not only by virtue of their technical excellence and work ethic, but also because of their capacity to inspire others. These highly intelligent leaders know that retaining talent should be a high priority, and the vast majority of executives strive to create a culture that encourages commitment to the organization. Nonetheless, I know some who manage in a bubble. MORE >

Executive Succession Planning

If you want to build a sky scraper, don’t start by buying a hammer.

The head of HR for a small regional bank called wanting to know the names of the evaluation tools I use to assess leadership.

“Why would you like to know?” MORE >

The Cost of Misused “Timesavers”

We’ve all been there – the meeting that should have been an email. Why does this happen and how can it be avoided? Meetings can be valuable, but there are way too many that are a waste of time. MORE >

The Wells Fargo Scandal was Inevitable (If not there, elsewhere.)

As Wells Fargo begins to pick up the pieces after the news broke that about 5,300 employees and managers at 6,000 retail branches were involved in opening up about 2 million fraudulent accounts under the names of current investors, Wall Street is reeling from the blow. Many are asking how a scandal of such proportions could happen at one of the big four banks, especially given the federal oversight that was put in place following the financial crisis of 2008. MORE >

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