The Pinnacle of a Successful Company Is…

The Pinnacle of a Successful Company Is…

…Brace yourself for this.  It’s not pretty.  The pinnacle of a successful company, the quintessential activity that makes success possible, is a CEO’s weekly staff meeting.  Yes.  A staff meeting.  Now, if you’ve read any of my books or essays, you know that I’ve talked about meetings before.  So, you might be wondering, what’s changed?…
The Danger of Fame

The Danger of Fame

Fame. A few months ago, prompted by all the news about Michael Jackson’s troubled life and drug-related death and the similarities between him and Elvis Presley, I started to think about the dangers of fame. And when the travails of Jon and Kate (of the Plus Eight television show) became known, I sat down and…
Diversity’s Missing Ingredient

Diversity’s Missing Ingredient

When it comes to tapping into the competitive advantage of diversity, few companies succeed. Yesterday I was reminded why.  Our firm was having a meeting to discuss important elements of our strategy and marketing efforts, when something really great happened—we got into an argument. Not a disagreement. A loud, contentious, uncomfortable and passionate argument.  On…
The Notre Dame Brand

The Notre Dame Brand

Lest anyone think that the current graduation speaker controversy at the University of Notre Dame is merely a matter of partisan politics and media hype, it is worth a closer look. What is happening right now in South Bend, Ind., is not simply a critical moment of truth for a vaunted institution; it is also…