Archive for October, 2009

The Recession Ate My Homework

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

So what will they blame next? If the 3rd quarter proves out the highly anticipated  2-3% GDP growth in our economy, many a public company CEO and CFO will need to turn elsewhere to explain their companies’ lackluster performance. The go-to excuse of the last four quarters will begin to fade away and the distinction between high performing companies and also-rans will come into crystal clear focus. (more…)

Lessons From Ed

Monday, October 19th, 2009

My friend Ed passed away last week. He was 69 years old and leaves behind a beautiful family, replete with a loving wife, two fine adult children and  three grandchildren.  While we hadn’t spoken in a few months and have not seen each other for a couple of years, I felt his loss profoundly. At first I did not know why. Then it occurred to me. (more…)

Leadership Lessons Of The Three Blind Mice

Monday, October 12th, 2009

In my work as an executive coach, I have seen a pattern of consistent blind spots on the part of leaders that dramatically limit their effectiveness. Once aware of these blind spots, motivated and bright executives take the appropriate action to up their leadership ante. (more…)

Sentiment, Minute By Minute

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Someone please pass the Dramamine. What used to be weekly or daily swings in the market have been replaced by minute to minute changes, driven by all too elastic market sentiment. The market seems to respond instantly to the last earnings report, proclamation for a supposedly in the know talking head, or the always favorite dissection of  the minutes from the latest Federal reserve meeting. (more…)

Lead Gracefully

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Much has been written lately, including by me, over the lack of civility that is rearing its ugly head in many corners of our society.  Joe Wilson, Kayne West and Serena Williams exhibited the kind of boorish behavior that shocked us into an evaluation of who we are at our core. It’s enough to make our mothers share a collective blush. (more…)