CEOs lead by using their brains: they think about how to generate revenues,
they ponder company vision and they constantly think about how to advance and
grow their organization. Competitive analysis, differentiation,
profitability, sustainable growth and innovation. Whew! Heady heads! And
that's good stuff going on in the brains of business leaders.
But in a down economy, you can tell real leadership by what is going on in
executives' hearts. Shifting focus from profits to philanthropy is easy in
good times, but in this bleak economic landscape, it takes a CEO with the
right stuff to have head and heart operating at full steam.
Case in point, I read a recent blog post in Fast Company about Seth Merrin,
CEO of Liquidnet receiving an award from the Committee to Advance Corporate
Philanthropy (co-founded by the Paul Newman Foundation).
Now, Mr. Merrin is a millionaire man... (more)
A CEO once asked me, "As an executive coach, what are the top mistakes you've
seen when business leaders give a presentation"? He was expecting just a few
insights, I'm sure. But once I got thinking about all the mess-ups I'd seen,
I just could not stop writing them down. What started as a Letterman "Top Ten
List" took on a life of its own.
So, for all you executives getting ready to present, here are 100 of the top
mistakes I've seen over the years.
100 Ways to Bore Your Audience
Don't have a story Show lots and lots of slides Don't have clear messages
Have plenty of bullets and... (more)
The late Walter Cronkite as a role model for IT managers? At first glance, we
might not see the connection between "the most trusted man in America" and
high tech management. But if we pull back the layers of how Cronkite
approached his job, there are solid day-to-day career lessons for those
working in IT.
Seven Best Practices Straight From the Desk of Uncle Walter
1. Explain things in a simple way so everyone can understand. CBS' Bob
Schieffer said people "understood Cronkite was guiding you through events."
He translated the complex or hard to understand in a way that made you n... (more)
The newest target population is IT presenters, and the geographic scope of
this nascent disease is now global. Rapid onslaught of symptoms include the
inability to focus and then agitation. Physical symptoms are fidgeting, then
heavy sighing, culminating in the urge to scream. The final symptom is
Cerebral Mortis: the brain just shuts down.
The original or parent disease is DBP: Death by Power Point, but a recent
variation, the F5 strain, is gaining strength especially in the IT community.
What is this new mutation of Death by Power Point?
The new strain embeds ... (more)
Is the battle of the sexes heating up on the web?
Who uses Twitter more, men or women? Who uses social media more, the guys or
How men and women use social media sites is of great interest to advertises
and companies trying to use social media as a new pathway to reach customers.
Knowing whether men or women frequent a social media site can open up many
new avenues for marketers and companies seeking to target male or female
customers. This information can help them create or refine a social media
But even if you're not an advertiser or marketer, determining g... (more)