• Life

    5 Things I Learned Writing A Novel That I Wished I Knew When I was a CEO

    by  • January 11, 2018 • Leadership, Life, My Books, Strategy, Uncategorized, Writing • 0 Comments

    I’ve written over a 100 blogs about leadership, strategy and culture. Within that portfolio are several accounts of business reinvention and transformation. Yet it was only a few months ago that I composed my first post on another type of reinvention – personal reinvention. My own. You see, after I departed the corner office I had this […]

    Read more →

    From CEO to Novelist: Not without Perseverance

    by  • November 13, 2017 • Life, My Books, Writing • 0 Comments

    When my business book Do Less Better was published, I had the pleasure of meeting National Post journalist Peter Kuitenbrouwer who interviewed me about the challenges facing an ex-CEO hell-bent on finding a publisher for his historical fiction manuscript. But the longer we talked, the focal point of Peter’s story evolved into a tale of how I went about re-inventing myself from my former life as a business executive.

    Read more →

    Living the CEO Afterlife

    by  • November 8, 2017 • Life, My Books, Uncategorized, Writing • 0 Comments

    Those who follow my blog have an idea of how I’m spending my time as a retired CEO. I’m working – not for money, for fun. Beyond my recreational life (weapons of choice being a tennis racquet and a pickle-ball paddle – on a good day I use both), I’m writing about business leadership, branding and life. I’ve also written a historical novel, The Circumstantial Enemy. After several years of trying, I have found a publisher who wasn’t afraid to invest in a newbie, grey-haired novelist in an industry going through substantial change.

    Read more →

    Ditching the Corner Office for Good

    by  • November 2, 2017 • Life, My Books, Uncategorized, Writing • 0 Comments

    Six years ago, Fortune Magazine published my reflections on my rise to the corner office, my life as a CEO and how I coped with the years that followed my exit from the corporate throne. I’ll cut to the chase; my days in the CEO afterlife are as fulfilling as ever. Some of that contentment I attribute to the social network where I have shared my experiences in blogs on leadership and strategy. Frankly, I’m amazed that a fading memory has managed to unearth so many vignettes that were seemingly buried forever.

    Read more →

    Work That Matters starts with Matters that Work

    by  • April 5, 2016 • Branding, Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Marketing, Strategy • 0 Comments

    GoogleEmployeesTo most of us, the phrase Work that Matters infers job satisfaction. The outcome is lower stress, lower turnover, and higher productivity – in business, a ‘win-win’ for employees, customers and shareholders. The logic is infallible. So, I ask you, why is there such a gap between the theory and the practice? Why are so many organizations and so many workers struggling to find workplace nirvana?

    Read more →

    Who Makes Resolutions Come True? YOU

    by  • December 27, 2015 • Branding, Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Marketing, Strategy, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    fingerThe approaching New Year invites the contemplation of resolutions. Before setting goals and objectives for your personal life and your professional life, I suggest you consider a fundamental question. What’s holding you back? Now, its fair to say that I know nothing of your personal life, but I do know a thing or two about business life, having lived there more years than I care to remember.

    Read more →

    Leadership Lessons from Nine-Year-Olds

    by  • December 10, 2015 • Leadership, Life • 2 Comments

    children-488409_640Five years ago, I became a blogger. With 45 years of business experience as a foundation, I began sharing personal reflections and contemporary insights on leadership – fully aware that my content would not matter a damn had I not kept pace with the pulse of the new economy and the changing dynamics of customers and the workforce.

    Read more →

    How to Cut Corporate Complexity and Chaos

    by  • November 2, 2015 • Branding, Human Resources, Leadership, Life, Marketing, Strategy • 1 Comment

    chaos-485491_640There are plenty of generic strategic choices to drive a business forward. A host of CEOs strive for scale economies by trying to ‘do more with less,’ usually meaning fewer employees. Optimists favor ‘doing more with more,’ in other words, placing bets that higher sales and profits will pay for increased investments in headcount and technology. These are the strategic approaches  that often add complexity to an organization, and when there is complexity there is chaos.  

    Read more →