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Every Company Needs A Succession Plan

Most organizations do not want to think about the eventuality of the CEO leaving, and many incumbent CEOs feel threatened when the Board wants to talk about succession. Be transparent with those discussions because having this process in place is a part of a comprehensive Risk Assessment, and continuity plan.

No Leader Is An Island

Inspiring insights for today’s leaders can be derived from John Donne’s 17th century poem “No Man Is An Island”, including creating a strong sense of teamwork, feeling connected, remaining relevant and recognizing the value of self-evaluation.

Give That Stress A Rest

As leaders, it is often difficult to gauge the weight of our own stress. The longer we hang onto our stress, the heavier it becomes. Put the stress down, get support, and when you are refreshed, carry on.

Every Executive Needs a Truth Teller

The phrase “speaking the truth to power” was popularized in a 1955 book chronicling a Quaker alternative to violence designed to thwart forms of totalitarianism.  It has been used in many forms, but mostly as a learning tool for those reporting to high powered...

Succession Planning – A Dream or a Nightmare?

I found the Harvard Business Review article “A CEO’s Personality Can Undermine Succession Planning” an interesting read, and it raised a question for me: How can the issues described by the authors (having no succession plan or successor, going through the motions of...