Got Time?

Dear Leaders, Time management in an organizational setting isn’t just about personal efficiency or productivity. It’s about how an entire enterprise aligns its resources, meets its goals, and creates a culture that values every minute. In essence, time management isn’t about managing time, it’s about managing choices, situations, and people. You must master your time… Continue reading Got Time?

The Art of Curating a Balanced C-Suite Team

Dear Leaders, In the orchestral world, a conductor handpicks musicians not just for their individual talents, but for how they harmonize as a collective. Similarly, in the corporate realm, building a balanced and effective C-suite team requires a discerning eye and a strategic approach. It’s not just about gathering expertise; it’s about orchestrating harmony, synchronization,… Continue reading The Art of Curating a Balanced C-Suite Team

Succession Planning: A Tale of Two Futures

Dear Leaders, Picture this. Your star employee, the one who knows your company like the back of their hand, suddenly hands in a two-week notice. There’s a gap in the boardroom, a sinking feeling in your stomach. Or consider this. After decades at the helm, a charismatic CEO is ready to retire, but there’s no… Continue reading Succession Planning: A Tale of Two Futures

The Allure and Illusion of Vanity Metrics

Dear Leaders, In a world increasingly driven by numbers, it’s easy to get swept up in the allure of vanity metrics. These data points sparkle and shine; they look good in a presentation, give our ego a nice little boost, and seemingly declare to the world, “We’ve arrived!” But beneath the sheen, vanity metrics are… Continue reading The Allure and Illusion of Vanity Metrics

Leadership and Character

Dear Leaders, Pop quiz: What’s the most underrated component in leadership today? It’s not charisma. It’s not strategy. And no, it’s not even about being a “thought leader” (whatever that means). It’s Character. Character is that silent pulse beneath every decision, every interaction, and every pivotal moment in leadership. It’s the unsung hero behind every… Continue reading Leadership and Character

Strawmanning Our Brilliance

Dear Leaders, Last week, I wrote about how the Steelman technique is useful in conflict resolution, decision-making, and building consensus. This note is about situations in which Strawmanning is essential to, well, conflict resolution, decision-making, and building consensus. It’s also highly useful in keeping our egos in check, bulletproofing the strategic planning process, and simplifying… Continue reading Strawmanning Our Brilliance

Steelmanning: Understand Deeper and Win More

Dear Leaders, As C-suite executives, the ability to present your arguments concisely is crucial. But the ability to understand others’ arguments and craft an articulate response that’s well-suited for a given situation is pivotal to your effectiveness as a leader. Your role entails making high-quality decisions – and fast, resolving conflicts in a way all… Continue reading Steelmanning: Understand Deeper and Win More

Integrating Thoughtfulness into Leadership

Dear Leaders, Almost by definition, an executive is responsible for serving a group of people. Whether it’s identifying opportunities, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, collaboration, delegation, etc. – all involve people. And the higher the quality of your relationships, the more effective you are as an executive. Technology makes organizing oneself easier, tasks more automated, reminder… Continue reading Integrating Thoughtfulness into Leadership

THE MAGNETIC POWER OF EXECUTIVE PRESENCE

Dear Leaders, In a world where leadership is often misunderstood, there exists a rare quality that sets exceptional leaders apart: the undeniable allure of executive presence.

Leadership and Power

Dear Leaders, In your current position, it’s how you manage the delicate dynamic of leadership and power that determines your overall effectiveness, especially when dealing with subordinates. By definition, leaders always have a measure of power. But many power holders have no trace of leadership. Leadership humanizes you, while exercise of power, although often necessary,… Continue reading Leadership and Power