The Downstream Effects of our Work

I heard this story some years ago that has stuck in my mind.  It was about a village that depended on a mountain stream for their water.  For years, at the top of that stream, there was an old man who made it his work to keep the stream clear of debris, twigs and logs that could cause it to become polluted or stagnant.  No one really  »  

Leaders — stewards or owners?

Throughout my career, I’ve been involved in lots of discussions about compensation for business leaders. Perhaps the most common thesis for motivating executives is “make them feel like owners.” That typically leads to a discussion of bonuses and stock awards — that are paid when goals are met. No doubt, owning shares in the  »  

How Will You Be Remembered?

At a business lunch last week, my colleague said, “You can’t ask someone if they have integrity.” Isn’t that the truth? You cannot evaluate a person’s integrity by asking them about it.  In fact, in my experience, asking them almost guarantees an inaccurate answer. The word integrity means “a firm adherence to a moral code  »  

With Deep Respect for Execution

If you know me well, you know how much I love big ideas – those inspired daring destinations. I love innovation in every aspect of the business – new products, new advertising, new technology, new designs, new distribution systems. The bolder, the more innovative, the better. You also know my convictions about serving people and the  »  

Politics and Work

Whew. The election is over. The campaign advertising has stopped. Back to work we go… Don’t get me wrong. I am very grateful to live in the United States – a republic where the people elect their leaders. I have never seen a better system of government in my travels around the world. I believe our Constitution set up an amazing  »  

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