Leadership & Strategy


Dead Kings and Queens

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 19, 2007, at 6:11 PM in News & Opinion

I watched the CNBC Business Excellence Awards the other night. I know some of you are going to say I need to find a hobby, but I would not have been able to bring you this little nugget. Sallie Krawcheck of Citigroup was named Business Leader of The Future.


Susan Quandt at Mequon Schwartz Bookshops

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 22, 2007, at 10:50 PM in News & Opinion

This is for the Milwaukee area residences in our audience. Local business book author Susan Quandt is doing a talk the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop in Mequon.


Michael Lewis Channels The Wisdom of Bill Purcells

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 30, 2006, at 5:16 PM in News & Opinion

For folks like me who still consider Michael Lewiss Moneyball one of the top five books ever written on developing talent, his new book screams for my reading time. And in the meantime, how about this great quote taken from Lewiss article What Keeps Bill Parcells Awake At Night (This appeared yesterday in the new New York Times Sunday sports magazine, titled Play): At halftime theres no chance for a speech several of the Cowboys reappear on the field four minutes after they left but Parcells has taken precautions. This morning, before the game, he called a meeting of the players without the assistant coaches.


Carly Fiorina and Tough Choices

By Jack, published October 5, 2006, at 2:18 PM in News & Opinion

Todays New York Times reports that they have gotten and read Carly Fiorinas new book called Tough Choices a little less than a week before it was to be released. The Times says that she had ordered an investigation into board leaks in January 2005. She will be on 60 Minutes this Sunday.


Lead on

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 14, 2006, at 5:37 PM in News & Opinion

There are many good and valid ways to lead; three people, given the same job, can certainly succeed even if they have differing management styles and philosophies. Natural tendencies can also be influenced and accentuated, revealed or hiddena degree here, two degrees theredepending on the circumstances. But when you plan viable legacies, your goal is to align your intent with your instincts as closely as possible.


Patrick Lencioni and the NFL

By Jack, published September 14, 2006, at 3:36 PM in News & Opinion

From September 14, 2006 Milwaukee Journal Sentinal: "Packers coach Mike McCarthy and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton have at least two things in common. They are the same age (42) and until this season have never been a head football coach on any level. McCarthy enjoyed a successful run as the offensive coordinator of the Saints from 2000-'04, after leaving Green Bay after one season as quarterbacks coach in 1999.


Business Books: Fall 2006 Preview

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 31, 2006, at 3:45 PM in New Releases

I am starting to get asked what the big books for the fall are, so I thought I should get a list up here. As always, there is something for everyone. September A Leader's Legacy by James Kouzes and Barry Posner (Jossey-Bass) - This is a follow-on to the best-seller The Leadership Challenge; alot of people like Kouzes and Posner's take on leadership.


Watching the Bestseller Lists

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 21, 2006, at 3:23 PM in News & Opinion

It is very interesting to look at this week's Wall Street Journal bestseller list [sub. needed]. There are three entries on the business list outside of the regulars.


Concluding notes: trailblazers from all walks

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 29, 2006, at 7:15 PM in News & Opinion

Side note: click here if you missed John's first, second , third , fourth , fifth and sixth entries. ------- There are a whole bunch of innovators out there, thats for sure. What I tried to do was give a good cross-section of the trailblazers from all walks of business and success: a winning NFL football coach, a Commander in the U.


What you learned early on matters.

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 29, 2006, at 6:16 PM in News & Opinion

Side note: click here if you missed John's first, second , third , fourth and fifth entries. ------- Probably the most important factor for the success effect has nothing to do with business and everything to do with business. I think it all starts in the crib.


A little on baseball and a lot on performance

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 29, 2006, at 5:41 PM in News & Opinion

Side note: click here if you missed John's first, second , third and fourth entries. ------- Ive been fascinated, too, by the topic of performance, particularly in sports and probably because I live in Cincinnati where baseball is still accessible and affordable. At each game I go to I experiment with praise and criticism, that is, I always heckle one guy throughout the game but only when that guy steps into the on-deck circle or when hes not looking in the field.


Journalizing my professional life

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 29, 2006, at 4:27 PM in News & Opinion

Side note: click here if you missed John's first, second and third entries. ---------- It takes only one or two cocktail parties for a reporter to realize that he or she has an incredibly interesting job: You interviewed the CEO of Procter & Gamble? You talked with P.