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As CEO’s, executives and business owners you are responsible for the direction of your entire organization. The content in the Business Leadership category is intended to help you be a better leader, who makes better decisions, and achieves better results.

Cautiously Optimistic, But Still Moving Forward with Hiring Plans

Cautiously Optimistic, But Still Moving Forward with Hiring Plans

The Q2 Vistage CEO Confidence Index and June WSJ/Vistage Small Business CEO Survey results are in, with cautious optimism the prevailing theme among each set Read More

Managing from the Inside Out

Managing from the Inside Out

It is pretty easy for companies to be consumed by what is happening in the outside world. As professional strategic planning facilitators, we preach the Read More

From IQ to EQ to We-Q: Are Your Teams Prepared to Innovate?

From IQ to EQ to We-Q: Are Your Teams Prepared to Innovate?

There has been much debate about the nature of intelligence and how different strengths in one or another confer skills that have significant applications in Read More

From the Battlefield to the Boardroom:  3 Communication Tactics for Your Team

From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: 3 Communication Tactics for Your Team

Every day I work with some of the top business owners, CEOs and executives in the Minneapolis-area. They demand the highest of standards. So when Read More

Daring to Dream…

Daring to Dream…

Daydreaming isn’t something that is normally encouraged in the workplace. But it can be powerful and frankly, a lot of fun, as I discovered last Read More

Learning Realized: Staying Ahead of the Latest Learning and Development Trends

Learning Realized: Staying Ahead of the Latest Learning and Development Trends

A few weeks ago, in Crossing the Street in 2015, I talked about the shrinking workforce, the need to fill skilled positions with the Read More

How To Know If You Have the Right Leaders?

How To Know If You Have the Right Leaders?

Ebola Showed One Company a $7 Solution

I was in the airport at Newark, about to take an airplane to California. A traveler next to Read More

Peer Diversity is Not an Oxymoron

Peer Diversity is Not an Oxymoron

To explain this, it may be worth taking a few moments to define the term peer. The dictionary.com definitions are as follows: 1) a Read More

Conversational Intelligence at Work

Conversational Intelligence at Work

What if you could create an organization where change and transformation were exhilarating and natural? Where people were devoted, engaged, and accountable to act as Read More

Even CEOs can change!

Even CEOs can change!

Dear Geese,

In last week’s blog (360-evaluation gone bad!), you showed what NOT to do around the feedback process. If I may, I’d Read More

Five Questions Every Strategic Leader Needs to Answer

Five Questions Every Strategic Leader Needs to Answer

As leaders we wake up every morning and wonder if we are making a difference.  The truth is, for many of us, we are not. Read More

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Leader?

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Leader?

If a leader can’t get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn’t even matter.Read More

Making Tough Decisions: Reward Good Employees by Removing Bad Ones

Making Tough Decisions: Reward Good Employees by Removing Bad Ones

I’m sure you’ve seen advice regarding employee bonus and incentive systems, including some that are quite complex. The idea is that, to achieve a high-performance Read More

The Top 5 Leadership Lessons to Helping You Lead Effectively

The Top 5 Leadership Lessons to Helping You Lead Effectively

Earning recognition as a great leader isn’t something that most successful professionals strive for. In fact, it’s actually just the opposite because success in leadership Read More

A Pinch of Poison in Your Company Culture Can Be Deadly

A Pinch of Poison in Your Company Culture Can Be Deadly

What do high performing company cultures and successful television shows have in common? Just about everything – minus an Emmy and the drama… hopefully.

Both Read More

360 Performance Evaluation Gone Bad!

360 Performance Evaluation Gone Bad!

Dear Geese,

You’ve referenced the importance of getting feedback in previous blogs and I couldn’t agree with you more. With that said, what about the Read More

Why Do We Need Team Building?

Why Do We Need Team Building?

Dear Geese,

My staff cringes whenever I bring up the topic of team building. Talk about resistance! Last year we went to a baseball game Read More

Is It Time to Rethink What We Mean by Competitive Advantage?

Is It Time to Rethink What We Mean by Competitive Advantage?

Rita Gunther McGrath recently wrote The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast As Your Business. The basic idea Read More

You’re a Success! Now, How Do Leaders Avoid Being Complacent?

You’re a Success! Now, How Do Leaders Avoid Being Complacent?

If you’ve worked hard, paid your dues and met success, congratulations on having the discipline, tenacity and perseverance to overcome obstacles and forge ahead. But Read More

3D Breakthrough Methodology Transforms Mature Companies into Growth Companies

3D Breakthrough Methodology Transforms Mature Companies into Growth Companies

After several decades of helping companies grow, a few key concepts have emerged and become a strong foundation for the methodology we use with clients. Read More

Better Decision Making Leads to Better Profits

Better Decision Making Leads to Better Profits

As leaders climb the leadership ladder, there is a critical deficiency in the learning process involving decision making. Although decision making is one of the Read More

Dear Geese: “I disagree with your premise!”

Dear Geese: “I disagree with your premise!”

Dear Geese,

I’ve been a CEO and top executive for many years and I wanted to weigh in after reading your last blog, It’s Not Read More

7 Signs You Are Not Virtual Manager Material

7 Signs You Are Not Virtual Manager Material

Do you have what it takes to become virtual manager material?

Along with the technological advancement, our workplace paradigm has shifted towards cyberspace called virtual Read More

Tips to Solving the Business Mid-Life Crisis

Tips to Solving the Business Mid-Life Crisis

Classic Bob Dylan, “He not busy being born is busy dying.”  Companies are challenged every day to grow or die. The odds are against us Read More

Cultivate the 5 Attributes of Effective Leaders

Cultivate the 5 Attributes of Effective Leaders

IBM’s study, Capitalizing on Complexity: Insights from the Global Chief Executive Officer Study, is part of a bi-annual series of interviews with 1500 senior Read More