On Executive Management: Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch

Peter Drucker said famously many years ago that culture eats strategy for lunch. If you can empower people so they are creating innovation on a constant basis, the company's moving much faster.  In the 21st century, distributed intelligence and distributed decision-making is the way to proceed because you're going to go faster....The enduring competitive advantage … Continue reading On Executive Management: Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch

Walt Disney on Executive Management

A little girl visiting Disneyland once asked Walt Disney if he still drew Mickey Mouse.  Walt replied that he no longer drew the characters he created.  "Do you still write stories?" she asked.  Walt said, "No, I don't write stories anymore either." "Then what do you do?" asked the perplexed girl.  Walt paused for a … Continue reading Walt Disney on Executive Management

On Executive Management: Listen First, Speak Last

In an article published and then reprinted in Harvard Business Review, management authority Peter Drucker lists eight practices of effective executives.  At the end he concludes: "We just reviewed eight practices of effective executives.  I'm going to throw in one final bonus practice.  This one is so important that I will elevate it to a rule: … Continue reading On Executive Management: Listen First, Speak Last

On Executive Management: Give Me an Experienced Captain Any Day

I follow Seth Godin's blog.  I like the way he thinks and admire the way he approaches his work.  I try to emulate his approach in many ways. I really liked a recent blog post on "The River Guide and the Rapids." Here is what he said: The river guide and the rapids It's probably … Continue reading On Executive Management: Give Me an Experienced Captain Any Day

On Leadership: Sleep Before You Decide

Years ago I read My American Journey by Colin Powell and was impressed by his life and principles of leadership.  One principle in particular stuck with me and I have applied it in my own life and in my coaching: "Sleep before you decide." Mr. Powell has worked at the highest levels of the American … Continue reading On Leadership: Sleep Before You Decide

On Executive Management: Creating a Company Culture

If you haven't read Tony Hsieh's book, Delivering Happiness, I highly recommend you do.  Tony is the CEO of Zappos.com and outlines how he has established a culture of service at Zappos among other leadership and management lessons. I had the opportunity to visit Zappos recently and experienced their Zappos Premier Tour.  It was an … Continue reading On Executive Management: Creating a Company Culture

On Executive Management: Successful Knowledge Work

There is no point in hiring people with specialist knowledge if you are going to monitor their every move.  That is where trust comes in.  People not only have to be trusted to do their jobs.  They have to be able to trust each other.  Successful knowledge work requires collaboration. ~ Michael Skapinker, Management Editor, … Continue reading On Executive Management: Successful Knowledge Work