Don’t let corrupt businesses taint us all

The USA Today Editorial Board wrote an article yesterday – “Businesses Behaving Badly” – blaming business for the spread of anti-corporate views in the U.S. They write: “Much of their {corporate leaders} poor standing is the result of their own misbehavior.” I think this is a bit misguided and agree with the “opposing view” writer George J. […]

Why CEOs suck and how to suck less

It’s part of my mission every day to address this topic via this blog, my upcoming book, my company Khorus, and in many other ways. It is also the title of my proposed session at SXSW Las Vegas, which is summarized below. Voting for which sessions will be held during the conference ends tomorrow, May 9, so […]

“The CEO Tightrope” Is Real

Here’s a sneak peek of the book jacket proof for my book coming out in September. The CEO Tightrope has been years in the making, so it’s gratifying to see it finally becoming a reality! The back cover gives you a summary of what the book is all about, but in a nutshell it is a practical guide for current and aspiring CEOs based on my years of trial and error. My goal was always to become a CEO, so I started my own companies to become one at a young age. I’ve been disappointed at the lack of CEO resources ever since, so this book is my way of contributing to the literature and sharing what I’ve learned. More to come.

Setting aside CEO egos can make 1 + 1 = 3

I have spent much of my career running businesses in the startup phase of their lives. In my mind, the startup phase continues until you are confident that the business can survive any normal risk scenario. The definition of normal risk could be debated, but most CEOs know the feeling when they make the transition […]

DILBERT tackles goals management

DILBERT © 2007 Scott Adams. Used By permission of UNIVERSAL UCLICK. All rights reserved. DILBERT © 2007 Scott Adams. Used By permission of UNIVERSAL UCLICK. All rights reserved.

I thought this DILBERT cartoon was appropriate to share after the launch of my new company Khorus a few weeks ago.

My First Job: A blast that taught me some customer fundamentals

Everyone remembers his or her first job. Mine was working at a fireworks stand in Ruston, Louisiana. The first time I met the owner of the stand was when he drove into my neighbor’s driveway in a brand new Porsche. To a teenage boy in a small town, this was quite impressive. When I asked […]

BridgingApps Wins $700,000 Verizon Powerful Answers Prize

Thanks to “The million dollar hire” I wrote about late last year, BridgingApps has won the $700,000 prize in the Verizon Powerful Answers Awards education category, which was just announced at CES! This is an outstanding achievement that will further this great organization’s mission to bridge the gap between technology and people with disabilities. A […]

The Art of Action by Stephen Bungay has lessons for CEOs

My top CEO book of the year: “The Art of Action”

Happy New Year to all! In the midst of people sharing their best business books of 2013, I wanted call out one I read this year that I think should be on every CEO’s reading list: “The Art of Action” by Stephen Bungay. The book was published in 2011, but I don’t think it got […]