As many of you know, I am a big fan of regular self-assessment. In my last blog post, I asked readers to perform a mid-year gut check review of their leadership accomplishments. I find that the six-month marker in the […]
There are few business leaders who truly deserve the title of “innovator” more than Mickey Drexler. Drexler was considered a man ahead of his time when he was CEO of Gap Inc. back in the 1990s. He also spent time […]
Over the last few years, I’ve been on a journey of discovery. My clients have told me over and over again about the same problem: they spend a lot on developing leaders, but they don’t see that investment producing better […]
“Accountability is as important as the concept of leadership. Those who are granted power must be held accountable.” These observations came from John W. Gardner – former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson – in his […]
In my travels around the world, I have frequently seen a troubling dynamic among aspiring leaders, those who demand to get something before they give their all to a leadership role. To explain, let me give you two different scenarios.
It was big-time news earlier this month when Jeff Jones quit his post as president of ride-sharing app Uber. And not just because it was the latest story to emerge from a company besieged by a wrath of negative news.
It was three years ago, March 31, 2014 to be exact, when a colleague and I sat in a downtown Toronto restaurant and watched the demise of a once great company unfold before our eyes. Across the street from where […]
Courage is emerging as one of the most important expectations that truly accountable leaders must live up to. Unfortunately, based on the discussions I have with my clients it seems that true leadership courage is hard to find.
During a recent session I led with 30 senior CHROs, one person related a story about the CEO of a large financial institution who convened a meeting to review the results of a major strategic initiative. A team of his […]