What teaching teaches CEOs

Lifehacker recently published an article that particularly resonated with me: Six Things I Learned from Teaching That I Still Use in Everyday Life. The lessons I learned teaching for four years at Naval Nuclear Power School continue to help me to this day. The number one lesson that author Melanie Pinola cites is especially applicable for CEOs: Don’t Assume Another Person Understands What You’ve Said (or Did Not Say).

CEO Fail: 6 CEOs Who Can Wreak Havoc

My long-standing CEO fail series on this blog has described many kinds of flawed CEOs – from this week’s “Playboy King” to the “Budget Tyrant” to the “Super VP,” who cannot stop doing his executives’ jobs long enough to focus on the CEO role. GetVoIP.com has created its own set of “toxic CEOs” in this infographic, along with some real-world examples of each. Also check out their stats, which cover everything from CEO tenure to the mother-in-law correlation (!?).

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CEO Fail: The Playboy King

I spent some time recently in England and experienced for the first time the concept of monarchy. Seeing the English King’s palatial estate at Hampton Court brought home the opulence of the 17th century monarchy. Clearly there was no distinction between the possessions of the monarchy and those of the country. I have seen CEOs […]

Quick guide to CEO decision-making

Making decisions is such an integral part of the CEO role that I devoted an entire chapter of my upcoming book to it. For a quick cheat sheet to making good decisions, see my latest article in Entrepreneur: 10 Steps to Quality CEO Decision-Making

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“Think Like a Freak” for CEOs

I was recently reading the latest book in the Freakonomics series by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner titled “Think Like a Freak.” While I have enjoyed all the titles in the series, I think the latest one is the best for CEOs, as it outlines how to approach problems from their unique perspective. One of the constant challenges for CEOs is: “How do I get information from the organization that is as unbiased as possible?”

How CEOs Should Bridge Strategy and Tactics

How CEOs Should Bridge Strategy and Tactics

Fast Company recently interviewed Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson about his efforts to educate employees on being more productive: “On Having a System – Any System.” Much of what he discusses focuses on organizational skills: How employees should manage their time, be more task-oriented, keep up with contacts, etc. He has even taught a class on […]

The #1 Team Killer? The CEO

In “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable,” Patrick Lencioni provides a model for building an effective and productive team. What kills teams? According to Lencioni, it’s the absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results. Only the CEO can lead a team to top […]