Category: Executive Leadership

Leaders and Unethical Behavior….it could happen to you.

How is it that well-regarded, hard-working, ethical people end up doing the dumbest, most unethical things? How is it that the D.C. Schools Chancellor that violated an ethics policy that he wrote less than a year ago was forced to resign? That in front of Congress, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf seemed oblivious to the … Continue reading Leaders and Unethical Behavior….it could happen to you. MORE >

Tales from the C-Suite: Merger Challenges & Solutions

“How’s the merger going?” I asked my dinner companion. “Great!” she replied. 5 seconds later, she said, “It’s terrible.” Six months before, the mid-sized engineering firm she worked for had acquired an attractive, smaller firm in a nearby location. Expectations were high, as they were certain this venture would lead to increased business beyond what … Continue reading Tales from the C-Suite: Merger Challenges & Solutions MORE >

LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM THE NBA

San Antonio Spurs Head coach, Greg Papovich – An Exemplar of Stellar Leadership. Given the enormous success of the San Antonio Spurs, it is clear why Greg Papovich is considered by many to be the best coach in the NBA.  The reasons why were demonstrated last week. In 20 years as a coach, Greg Papovich … Continue reading LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM THE NBA MORE >

Meditation is Mental Fitness Training …Enhance Executive Performance

Meditation: A powerful mind-enhancing drug that has no side effects and is completely free “Meditate?” The hard-driving, successful COO looked at me askance and replied to my suggestion, “That’s not for me. I’ve tried it; I hated it; I can’t do it.” As a businessperson, if you find something that will improve your organization’s performance, … Continue reading Meditation is Mental Fitness Training …Enhance Executive Performance MORE >

When the boss dates a subordinate, the relationship is never mutual

I was struck by a headline in Monday’s WSJ entitled, Anonymous Email to Visa CEO Led to Top Executive’s Firing. It describes how an email led to an investigation of Jim McCarthy, a senior, high-profile executive at Visa, Inc., who had been involved in romantic relationships with female employees, some of whom worked for him. … Continue reading When the boss dates a subordinate, the relationship is never mutual MORE >

Sexual Harassment: Let Not the Pendulum Swing

Much good can be said about women having the courage to come forward, and finally being believed, about the sexual harassment they have endured. It is not an exaggeration to describe some of it – by Harvey Weinstein, Mario Batali, Matt Lauer – as horrendous. Nearly every day, we hear about congressmen – Al Franken, … Continue reading Sexual Harassment: Let Not the Pendulum Swing MORE >

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 >

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 >

Suicide Among Execs: Coping with Stress in the C-Suite

The recent, unusual number of suicides by top executives reminds me of how important it is to talk about the dangers of severe stress in the workplace and some steps you can take to manage your own stress.

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