Mentor, Coach, Advisor or Consigliere?

There is much talk these days about finding assistance in identifying and achieving goals, whether organizationally or personal (and if you are the leader they are inseparable). Here are my thoughts on the what and why for leaders. A mentor is someone who has already achieved something you want to emulate or replicate yourself. You seek a mentor for wisdom …

8 Tips For Productive Offsites

Many organizations have now entered the fourth quarter, the home stretch. But it is also time to begin hard planning for 2017 – and that makes it offsite season. Here are a few tips to help your meetings be most productive. Have the offsite “offsite.” This seems obvious, but it is worth pointing out that getting away from the office …

Upping CEO Delegation

Are you a good delegator?  Delegation is among the most important things in a leader’s team toolkit. Delegation grows leaders and builds teams. Leaders delegate to their teams in three broad progressive levels – tasks, responsibilities, and outcomes.  Tasks are a specific goal.  Like “generate $2 million in sales”.  Or “deliver product Y by the end of July”. When a …

Let’s Pick 5

It was during our weekly executive meeting at mid-fiscal year, when our leader burst into the room very excited. He had been reading an article about how the best companies in the world only attempt to do one or two new things each year. He began to explain that having the discipline to only choose one or two things exemplified …