I had conversation last week with a client who considering options to solve a pressing management issue. He had spent a lot of time researching and outlined a clear SWOT analysis of the issue. After carefully considering his 2 choices, he decided on his 2nd option.
I asked, "what about option 3 – it's a blend of the 2". He looked at me and thought for a moment and said, "But I only have 2 option." "Really?" I asked. "Option 3 can solve our issue without the risks you outlined in the 2nd option." His realization forced him to reconsider the entire issue and the next day (you guessed it) he went with option 3. This was a clear example of the biggest danger: He didn't know WHAT he didn't know.
There is no more important role in any company than the CEO. So much has been written about what it takes to be a leader and there are different kinds of CEOs – big company, start up, technology, services and many more. (You can see an interesting Wharton study of Founding v Professional CEO analysis here) If you are building a company, investing in a business or thinking of hiring (your) CEO replacement, what criteria should be used to see if you have the right person?
I wrote this “living eulogy” for my dad in February 2012. I shared it with him when he was in the hospital. I wanted him to know how I felt about him while he was here. He liked it. Personally I never liked the idea of eulogies when people tell you how they feel after you’re gone. I wanted Dad to know it while he was here. He left us April 27th after a 20 month battle with pancreatic cancer. I read this at his private family burial on April 30th and I wanted to share it with you. Read more