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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...

The Power of Three for Business: Focus for CEOs

Would you refuse a $500,000 payday to give a one-hour speech because you were too busy? According to an article by Adrian Dayton that is exactly what Sir Richard Branson did. It seems that Sir Richard only focuses on three main priorities; speaking for a fee is not...

Vigilance is the Price of Safety

As a Navy veteran, I have empathy for the crews of the U.S. Navy Western Pacific based ships that have experienced recent collisions and groundings. My experience, albeit from decades ago, has been echoed in the press and in private conversations I’ve had with former...