The Value of Joyful Work

Dr. Ronald McCurdy, Professor of Music at USC and Director of the Grammy Jazz Choir and Combo The leaders I find most interesting are those who generate great value and have an obvious joy in doing so. Enthusiasm is an underrated and at times, derided characteristic, which is a shame. Mistaking enthusiasm for foolishness or irrationality is to misunderstand it

Inertia – The Enemy

This time of year, many of my clients are talking about resolutions. Some are business related, some are personal. Yet, by the end of January, many will have been forgotten or abandoned, even if some small improvement in habit or outcome was quickly achieved. The makers of the resolutions will accept the inevitability of their lack of follow through, some

Seven Things You Should Do To Reverse the Risk In Leadership Succession

Leadership succession is the responsibility of leaders. Executives cannot wait for others to do “succession planning,” because the risk of ignoring it is too great. Ensuring that people are ready, willing and able to fill critical roles is not a once a year exercise, it should be a continuous process. Why isn’t it? Two reasons. First, the framework isn’t usually

The Bride Wore Tattoos

A photo of a wedding ceremony isn’t unusual, except one I saw recently was of a bride in a sleeveless dress that revealed many large tattoos. Indeed, that was the most memorable thing about the photo. Not the faces of the bride and groom, her dress, the adorable flower girl, the setting or decorations. If this bride wanted to be

Don’t Wait

My mother-in-law, Elizabeth Fahy Dierickx, lived a long life, 96 years. She was a strong, smart, no-nonsense woman who knew how to take care of what needed taking care of. Along the way, she had some fun, but not before she took care of business. She and my father-in-law took a month long vacation in Australia and New Zealand the

Five Mistakes in a Crisis

Yesterday, John Stumpf, Chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo, appeared before the Senate Banking Committee. It was reported in virtually every news outlet and will affect the reputation of Wells Fargo for a long time to come. This will be true whether he has a job or not. When things like this happen, leaders often call in the public relations

Seven CEO Succession Myths

Of all the high stakes transitions an organization can experience, few are as fraught with risk as the selection of the Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Executive Officer is not only the leader of the company but he or she is the face of it. Jim Cramer, on CNBC, doesn’t interview the General Counsel. He talks to the CEO. A