Do You Want People To Do, Or Think?

Turn Your Ship Around Workbook

To do, or to think? That is the question David Marquet asks of leaders. I am a David Marquet fan! He is the author of Turn the Ship Around, one of the top execution books of all time. It illustrates how he took a nuclear submarine from the worst performing ship with the lowest moral in the US Navy and turned it into the highest graded ship ever.

He now has a companion workbook titled Turn Your Ship Around!: A Workbook for Implementing Intent-Based Leadership in Your Organization. It contains the practical activities he does in his current consulting and training sessions. Any company that wants to build a better environment for its people will appreciate the exercises in this workbook for managers on delegating, training, and driving sound execution …

Twelve Questions To Greatness


Jim Collins has authored several books that have become required reading in a business library – including Built to Last, Good to Great, and Great by Choice. He gets a lot of fan mail with the question on how best to engage and learn from his books. Collins has developed a “sequence of Twelve Questions that would serve as a mechanism of disciplined thought for a leader and his or her team.” Here’s a link to download a PDF that includes the twelve questions, a note from Collins providing some background for the questions, and a one-page summary on what defines “great.”

World’s Most Admired Companies 2015

World's Most Admired Companies 2015

Fortune recently released it’s World’s Most Admired Companies list for 2015. Apple is again ranked the #1 most admired. Rounding out the top 10: Google, Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon, Starbucks, Walt Disney, Southwest Airlines, American Express, GE, and Coca-Cola.

Did you ever wonder how Fortune creates this list? This is the first year I researched how this list is chosen, and what each company is rated on. Read on to view the entire top 50 most admired companies, the nine key attributes of reputation used to judge these companies and a video by Fortune on the selection process.

12 Common Barriers to Sustainable Growth

What keeps many businesses from growing? For larger companies, it is often maturing markets and inflexible organizations that dampen growth. However, closely held and entrepreneurial companies are built for growth. They operate in a world of innovation, rapidly changing technology, and entrepreneurial passion. For these businesses the challenge is not how to grow, it’s how to overcome the inevitable barriers to growth. Here is my list of the 12 most common barriers to sustainable growth.

7 Leadership Lessons From the Battlefield To the Boardroom

Battlefield Photo

The demands of business leadership are changing as globalization and a growing flood of information make the jobs of leadership teams more complex. Can the old hierarchical style of leadership keep up? What should take its place?

A recent WSJ article interviewed retired Generals Stan McChrystal and Mike Flynn about their experiences on the battlefield and how to apply those lessons towards business. While the meaning of competition may be different for business versus the military, the principles of defeating the competition through a focused strategy and great execution are the same. Here are their seven leadership takeaways from the battlefield for the boardroom.