Managing The Two “Black Holes” of Business

Marketing and Customer Service are the two “black holes” of business. Both are critical, but neither is ever complete. Unlike more tangible areas of work there is no “quota” to exceed, there is no “inventory” to manage, there is no “work order” to complete. But no matter how much is invested in Marketing and Customer Service there is always more …

The Only Thing Worse Than Getting It Wrong

I hate my smartphone. It lets me make and receive phone calls… sometimes. It tells me when I receive a voice mail… sometimes. It receives and sends texts… sometimes even on the same day that I or the other person intends. It helps me keep my calendar… sometimes, but never works when I need to look something up. And the …

The Best Non-Profits Have Much In Common With For-Profits

Over the years I’ve had the blessing of serving non-profits as a volunteer, board member, leadership coach, and as a strategy and performance evaluator. And one big thing has jumped out at me. The best non-profits have much in common with for-profits. Especially in terms of goal setting and strategies. They don’t mistake good works for good planning or presume …

A Crisis in Business Identity

A company who hit a business downturn contacted me, seeking my help with improving their alignment and efficiency. The deeper I dug I realized this was not an alignment issue. It was an identity crisis. The company had grown quickly. Their rapid success had the company running to keep up, and the inflow of money hid problems. Money does that. …

The Elephant and the Brown Fur Seals (An Elephant Tale)

The Elephant decides it’s time to start a new employee recognition program by doing this he can personally recognize the staff. He calls this program the Frequent Incentive for Staff Happiness or F.I.S.H. His HR Director quickly puts it in place and has F.I.S.H certificates printed up allowing him to hand them out. Each time he notices an employee going …

10 Things Everyone Should Know When Entering The Workplace

  A score of 90% is only an “A” in school. In the workplace 90% is only a passing score. Unlike college, there are much higher grades than “A” in the workplace. Only the problems in school all have answers. The ability to quickly assess whether a problem has a ready answer, identify how much work is required to get …

Four Responsibilities A CEO Cannot Delegate (and why)

One of the most common tasks I have is to help a CEO in writing their own job description. Since they work in a variety of industries and possess diverse talents and strengths, much of the job description is different for each individual. But there are four responsibilities essential to a CEO’s job description and which only the CEO can …

A Powerful Tool and Underutilized Tool for Business Leaders

It Is Lonely At The Top Yeah it’s a cliché, but it’s also true. I’ve mentioned this in several postings because it is something every CEO has to deal with to achieve clarity and peace of mind. One underutilized tool to help with this is a CEO peer groups (also called CEO roundtables). A CEO peer group typically consists of …