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The CEO’s guide to safely reopening the workplace

This is a summary of an article that appeared in the MIT Technology Review. (see link below)   One of the most significant implications of reopening economies across the world is that the onus of dealing with COVID-19 will be shifted from the public to private...

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Some Good Thoughts for CEOs

JOHN KRASINKI'S “SOME GOOD NEWS” I bow down to the king of “good”. If you haven’t checked out John Krasinski's Some Good News, it’s a fun and uplifting Youtube show you shouldn’t miss. John is one of the  Characters from “The Office” and the hit show “Jack Ryan” on...

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What a business leader should do about the Covid-19 virus

 Mark Nevins has written a great article in Forbeas ddressing leadership challenges in context of COVID-19.  The reality of life post-COVID-19 has not fully sunk in yet, and its consequences for our businesses, organizations, economy, and society will play out over...

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The Time for Leadership is Now

We have lived through a global expansion that has lasted more than a decade. That is over. Many people don’t even recall what a recession looks like. Those that do were probably not in leadership positions when it happened.  What we will experience in the coming...

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What to do NOW about the Covid-19 virus

The coronavirus is going to impact your business. South Korea has had a massive spike in cases. One Korean car company shut down manufacturing due to an infected worker. Japan has closed schools for one month. When that happens at least one parent can't go to work. We...

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Thoughts to help you (February)

The thoughts below summarize some of my learnings that could be valuable to you as a CEO. Working with many CEOs gives me an opportunity to see what makes them highly successful. Below, I've curated the best that I've read recently. Hope you find this helpful! One of...

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When Being “Fair” Doesn’t Make Sense

I’m a good guy. I like being known as “a good guy”. I’m fair and reasonable and want people to perform well for me because I treat them well. Sometimes that works. Many times it doesn’t. Sometimes you get lucky and you hire someone special. You hire a person who is...

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Thoughts to help you (November 2019)

Working on Boards and with CEOs gives me an opportunity to see what makes them highly successful. Below, I've curated the best that I've read recently. Hope you find this helpful!   One of My Favorite Quotes "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure...

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A Dangerously Easy Way to Spend Too Much

I love growth. I love risk. However, I have not always carefully calibrated the risks I’ve taken to manage the costs associated with those risks. Whenever we had a new product idea that I liked, I would invest in that product idea without an associated financial plan....

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Read These Great Books

The Hard Thing About Hard Things
By Ben Horowitz Businesses makeup the backbone of the American economy. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, few are honest about the difficulty behind running one. Ben Horowitz, cofounder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and formidable entrepreneurs discusses practical wisdom for tough business problems in The Hard Thing about Hard Things: Building a Business When There are No Easy Answers. Taken from his own insights in developing, managing, selling, buying, investing, and supervising technology companies, Horowitz tells is straight and amplifies his business lessons with lyrics from his favorite rap songs and humor for the reader to remember and take with them. Buy it on Amazon
How Great Leaders Inspire Action

By Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek presents an ideal world in his TED talk which dares the viewer to imagine a world where we: 1) ware up inspired to go to work, 2) feel safe at work, 3) are fulfilled by what we are doing. The third most watched TED talk with around 38 million views, by asking why, we can move on to identifying what matters and working towards achieving these goals.

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What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
By Marshall Goldsmith Marshall Goldsmith, America’s most sought after-executive coach, shows how to climb the up the executive ladder to the top in his book. Subtle nuances make all the difference. Small transactional flaws performed by one person against another and leading to negative perceptions holding any executive back, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There provides the advice essential to breaking through to the top. Buy it on Amazon
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

By Stephen Covey

“One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations” (Amazon)

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Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

By John Wooden

“Legendary college basketball coach John Wooden and Jay Carty know that when it comes down to it, success is an equal opportunity player. Anyone can create it in his or her career, family, and beyond. Based on John Wooden’s own method to victory, Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success reveals that success is built block by block, where each block is a crucial principle contributing to lifelong achievement in every area of life. Each of these 32 daily readings takes an in-depth look at a single block of the pyramid, which when combined with the other blocks forms the structure of the pyramid of success. Join John Wooden and Jay Carty to discover the building blocks and key values–from confidence to faith–that have brought Coach to the pinnacle of success as a leader, a teacher, and a follower of God” (Amazon).

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The Effective Executive

By Drucker

An executive’s measure is the ability to get the right things done. This involves doing what people have overlooked and avoiding unproductive tasks. The five practices that Drucker identifies essential to business effectiveness that can and must be learned include management of time, choosing what to contribute to the practical organization, knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect, setting up the right priorities, and knitting all of them together with effective decision making. Ranging through business and government, Peter Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers revised insights into seemingly obvious business situations.

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About Motivates Us

By Daniel H. Pink

While many people follow the carrot-and-stick approach, Daniel Pink warns that it’s a mistake in motivating others. Drive asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction at work, school, and home is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, learn, and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Basing his claim on scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes mismatches between science and business and how it affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation- autonomy, mastery, and purpose- and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and live.

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