Author Archives: Leigh Bailey

20 Feb

The Best CEOs Possess These Presidential Virtues

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

For the past several years, I have made a hobby of reading biographies of U.S. presidents. So far, I have studied all the 20th century presidents starting with Theodore Roosevelt, the first seven presidents (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Adams and Jackson), and Abraham Lincoln. In most polls ranking the “best” U.S. presidents, the top

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23 Jan

Successful CEOs Get Their Hands Dirty During Strategy Execution

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

Question #1: Why are there referees in football, soccer, basketball and hockey and umpires in baseball? Answer: To enforce the rules and maintain order. Question #2: Why are referees and umpires allowed to call penalties, fouls and other infractions and “punish” offenders? Answer: Because influence alone is not enough. Without the power to impose consequences

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02 Jan

Mutiny on the Vikings

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

A leadership crisis appears to have erupted within the Minnesota Vikings. After the recent game against the Green Bay Packers, it was reported that members of the Vikings’ defense acted in defiance of Mike Zimmer’s game plan. (For those who don’t follow the Vikings closely, Mike Zimmer is in his second year as Vikings head coach

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15 Nov

Leaning In, Even in Retirement

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

The Bailey Group is a partner with Minnesota Public Radio for Conversations on the Creative Economy—a series of discussions with Chris Farrell and local business founders and chief executive officers that explore how they encourage creativity and innovation in their organizations. The second event featured an interview with AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins who shared her insights on the importance

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09 Nov

CEOs: Are You Under-Leading Your Organization?

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

Why were you chosen as CEO for your organization? Where can you uniquely lead your organization that no other CEO can? If you can’t answer these questions, you are almost certainly under-leading your company. CEOs are chosen by their boards for a reason. There is something special about you that ultimately convinced the board you

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11 Oct

Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Disruptive Change—Oh My!

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

The Bailey Group is a partner with Minnesota Public Radio for Conversations on the Creative Economy—a series of discussions with Chris Farrell and local business founders and chief executive officers that explore how they encourage creativity and innovation in their organizations. The first event of the 2016-2017 season featured an interview with Ravi Norman, CEO of THOR Construction, who provided

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10 Oct

What is Your Critical Inch as a CEO?

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

One of my CEO clients uses a concept with his team he calls the “critical inch.” As he uses the term, critical inch refers to the most important contribution you make to your firm’s success. The idea: If you know and focus on your critical inch, your efforts will have the greatest impact. I recently

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21 Sep

What Color Are the Filters in Your Leadership Telescope?

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

Several years ago I bought a telescope and the accessories to go with it. My favorite accessories were the colored filters that allowed parts of the visible light spectrum to pass through while others were blocked. Early on, I’d forget I was using a colored filter to view an object. Thus, I may have falsely believed that Mars

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07 Sep

Your Executive Leadership Team Meetings Suck—Now What?

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

Call me an egomaniac but I have never attended a well-run executive leadership team meeting that I didn’t facilitate. And the reason is not because I am such a brilliant facilitator. No, the reason is because most CEOs and executive leadership teams are not even marginally skilled at the basics of facilitating a productive, worth-the-time

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