Category: Leadership

The Cheapest Way to Improve Profitability

Inflation. Supply chain woes. Gasoline prices. Talent shortages. The R-word That Must Not Be Named (shhh, you’ll make it happen!). Recently Vistage members in Knoxville spent a morning with expert speaker Xavier Douwes. He opened his presentation with this pithy remark: “Operations is really the non-sexy secret to success in every business.” (Proof: 35,000 business… Read more »

5 Common Mistakes CEOs Make When Choosing a Peer Advisory Group

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. African proverb Let’s expose a dirty little leadership secret: It’s lonely at the top. Many chief executives—regardless of company size—don’t regularly hear the tough truths about their own performance as chief executives and about their businesses. Human nature being… Read more »

Why your recruiting process sucks

In my “Strategies” column in the July 2021 issue of Knox.biz magazine, we mentioned that when it comes to reigniting growth, talent is a key driver. The demand and competition for talent these days continues to be extreme, and companies are working harder than ever on talent acquisition and retention, yet not seeing much improvement.… Read more »

A Lesson in Breaking the Rules

Of the more than 3,500 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, Mary Edwards Walker is the first and only female recipient of this high commendation. It’s a stunning statistic that lags well behind other social advances of the past 150 years. But the story of how one woman earned the armed forces’ highest recognition is an… Read more »