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 […]

Think Like a Freak

“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?”

Are you better at relating to employees or setting performance targets?

Most leaders tend to be better at either building relationships with employees or setting strong performance requirements for them, but the best CEOs and managers do both equally well. This is the focus of my latest article for Forbes – The Critical Balance CEOs and Managers Must Strike To Get Results – where I provide […]

Toyota’s move to Texas a good decision

A core role of the CEO is to ensure that the company has the proper resources to be successful. Most commonly people think of capital and people as the two primary resources needed. Related to the people side but sometimes missed by CEOs is their role in providing the best possible work environment to drive […]

Why “I don’t know” is a viable – even desirable – answer for CEOs

Two articles I read this week did an excellent job of communicating why CEO’s who admit they don’t know everything are often better performers, and CEOs who are know-it-alls damage their organizations.

CEO Class Starts April 4

Starting April 4, I am teaching my CEO class again in conjunction with the Rice Alliance Austin Chapter and the Austin Technology Council. The class is designed for CEOs with more than 20 employees who are seeking ways to grow via the right tools, people and processes.

Five management lessons from Ben Horowitz

Excellent article based on the new book by Ben Horowitz. Here are two related interviews with him: A Q&A With Ben Horowitz On His New Book, “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” (TechCrunch) The consigliere of Silicon Valley (Washington Post)

How Does a Small Company Culture Lay Off Employees? With a Job Fair

Guest post by Veena Vadgama, Vice President of Marketing for Network Instruments Making a decision to reduce headcount or shut down operations is a scenario no CEO ever wants to face. But how a CEO delivers this news and treats his or her employees after the announcement can say a lot about the company’s culture. […]