Leadership & Strategy


Introduction to success

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 29, 2006, at 2:35 PM in News & Opinion

Shout out and thanks to Jack and Todd for this opportunity. As a business reporter for about a decade at a major American newspaper, Ive heard and told a lot of stories. After a while, it becomes clear that certain strategies toward life, work and the challenges of the journey to and through a career would be more likely to lead to success than other approaches.


Welcome to John Eckberg

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 29, 2006, at 2:26 PM in News & Opinion

Good morning! Today John Eckberg author of The Success Effect will be hosting our blog. Keep reading throughout the day as more posts go up and feel free to shoot some questions his way.


100-Mile Walk in BW

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 21, 2006, at 2:58 PM in News & Opinion

BusinessWeek profiled Sander and Jonathan Flaum, authors of The 100-Mile Walk. I interviewed these two in January and it is one of my favorites. These two have such different perspective on the world of business, but come to a common place on what leadership is.


Sony's CEO

By Jack, published June 6, 2006, at 3:47 PM in News & Opinion

Reading today's WSJ I found a great interview. It is such a casual, fun, relaxed interview. To quote from the introduction: After completing his first year as the first non-Japanese chief executive officer of Sony Corp.


Prepared Mind World Tour - Last Chance

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 4, 2006, at 3:30 PM in News & Opinion

We started the world tour back in February, and have done everything we can to tell you about The Prepared Mind of a Leader. We gave away books then and gave away more books yesterday on inBubbleWrap. Today, we are giving you one last chance to get in on this.


Prepared Mind World Tour #8 -- Reflecting (Final Post)

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 3, 2006, at 4:00 PM in News & Opinion

So much to think about, so little time. Of all the Prepared Mind skills people tell us they want to do but don't have time for, of all the Prepared Mind skills Prepared Mind leaders tell us they make time for, Reflecting rises to the top of the list. I think the "no time" reason is overrated and is perhaps a proxy for something else.


Srikumar Rao's Advanced Leadership Clinic

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 1, 2006, at 2:48 PM in News & Opinion

We are talking with interesting people all of the time. It is probably my favorite part of the job. On Friday, I had a great conversation with Srikumar Rao.


Prepared Mind World Tour #7 -- Enabling

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 18, 2006, at 2:52 PM in News & Opinion

When Bill and I first conceived of the Prepared Mind skills, we called this skill teaching. Feedback from executives steered us away from using the word "teaching," telling us it sounded too didactic, too one-way in helping others advance and develop their own Prepared Minds. So, we developed our thinking and observations along the lines of "enabling" others.


A Question from the Questions of Character Podcast

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 17, 2006, at 6:38 PM in Jack Covert Selects

I just posted my interview with Joe Badaracco. I really like his new book Questions of Character: Illuminating the Heart of Leadership Through Literature. The audio interview lasts almost 38 minutes and during it I asked him how he came up with the Questions for his book.


Prepared Mind World Tour #6 -- Learning

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 12, 2006, at 1:19 PM in News & Opinion

Remember the old song recorded by such diverse performers as the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbinson and Nazareth entitled "Love Hurts"? I bet each of us has experienced multiple instances when loving has, as the lyrics go, felt like a flame, has caused a lot of pain and even made us blue. Yet we keep going back for more!


Prepared Mind World Tour #5 -- Deciding

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 5, 2006, at 5:50 PM in News & Opinion

Greetings to all you Prepared Minds from Bill and Jeanie: This is the fifth of eight blogs that we will post to give more insights into the skills needed to prepare for your future. Comments are appreciated. BE PREPARED TO DECIDE: Why do you get paid?


Daily Drucker for April 5th

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 5, 2006, at 5:39 PM in News & Opinion

Picking a Leader What would I look for in picking a leader of an institution? First, I would look at what they candidates have done, what their strengths are. You can only perform with strength--and what have they done with it?