2020 Top CHRO List – The People Leaders To Watch

N2Growth and Stanford Graduate Graduate School of Business are pleased to congratulate those individuals recognized on the 2020 Leaders25 Top CHRO List. These Human Resource leaders represent the top 25 human resources leaders shaping careers, culture, and talent at the world’s most innovative people driven companies. History The inaugural version of our Top CHRO List was published on Forbes in…

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CEO Marketing Priorities

COVID-19 has made CEO marketing priorities synonymous with survival. CEOs who have a focused, crisp, creative, and clear message, and who understand how to best communicate that message, will navigate the pandemic better than their less-skilled peers. The following are five tips to help CEOs refine and distribute their message during the coronavirus pandemic. Embrace Distance: Virtual is your…

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President’s Day – Part Two

Today's post is the second in a two-part series celebrating President's Day by examining the leadership traits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. In yesterday's post, I looked at the unimpeachable character of our first President, and in today's post, I'll examine the resolve of America's sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln. It is an astute person who studies history and applies the…

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A President’s Day Look at Leadership

Since we're headed into President's Day weekend, I thought I'd take this opportunity to author a two-part series in which I'll examine the leadership characteristics of the two Presidents for which the holiday is celebrated; George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. In today's post, I begin by taking a brief look at the life of George Washington in an attempt to quickly offer some leadership tips…

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Leadership Means Facing Challenges Head-on

Many would say if you're in the leadership business, you're also in the business of dealing with adversity. After all, leadership means facing challenges head-on. Regardless of where you are in your life and your career, I can promise you one thing; you will consistently be faced with challenges and obstacles along the way. In today's post, I will take a brief look at the beliefs that cause some…

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Help – It’s Not a Dirty Word!

With a new year staring us right in the face, I thought I'd dust off an old post as a useful reminder for leaders planning the year ahead -  "help" is not a dirty word. I have always believed asking for help is a sign of maturity as a leader. I think John Lennon said it best: "I get by with a little help from my friends." So my question is this - are you easy to help? Think about it...do you…

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Leadership – No Talent Required

While not all leaders will develop their talents and abilities to the same level, all successful leaders more or less begin with the same foundation. Here's the thing - the foundational elements of leadership require no skill or talent whatsoever. Clearly the difference possessed by all great leaders is that they refine, develop, and build from their foundation - they don't ignore it or take it…

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Leaders Stop Trying to Be Efficient

Let's cut right to the chase; stop focusing on being efficient - it's a waste of time. Nobody other than perhaps you really cares how efficient you are, but everyone cares how effective you are. Not only do they care how effective you are, but they also care about the effectiveness of those whom you lead. It's important to remember leadership is a people business, and people are messy. Leadership…

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The Power of Focus

I am frequently asked what it takes to become more productive. My answer is simply to become very, very focused. Focus has always been a powerful characteristic that has served me well in all leadership roles alike. Relentless focus results in aligned priorities, order, discipline, and productivity. That sounds simple enough doesn't it? Then why is this so hard for executives and entrepreneurs?…

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How Employee Engagement Drives Customer Satisfaction

Research shows there is a direct correlation between engaged employees and the satisfaction of your customer and ultimately achieving your business outcomes. In other words, employee engagement drives customer satisfaction. Richard Branson says, “Take care of your employees and they will take care of your customers”. Engaged employees are described as being fully immersed in and enthusiastic…

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Making the Turn: 10 Warning Signs You aren’t Shifting from Founder to Leader

You came up with an awesome idea. Your singular focus has been to make it real. You started the company. You got funding. Maybe you’re looking for Series B or C funding now. Maybe you’re prepping for the IPO. Congratulations! You’re ready to scale or go public. You’ve gotten this far. What could go wrong? Here are 10 warning signs you aren’t shifting from founder to leader. Every founder reaches…

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Leadership and Digital Transformation

News Flash: The #1 thing leaders need to understand is that the Digital Transformation train left the station a few years ago. If you weren't on board back then, you need to stop looking for the next train and rapidly go in search of building a rocket ship. Businesses simply have run out of time to embark on multi-year transformation projects - that window has closed. In the text that follows,…

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Apple’s Latest Diversity Report A Big “So What”

Last week, Apple released its latest Diversity Report.  Apple claims that from July 2016 to July 2017, half of its new hires in the U.S. were from historically underrepresented groups in tech (including black, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian & women).   In the U.S., Apple is 54 percent white (down two percentage points from last year), 13 percent Hispanic (up one percentage…

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Speeding Change by Slowing Down

I have always believed that the fastest path to the future is found through increasing velocity of change. I don’t believe I’ll get much push-back on that statement, but I’m rather certain I’ll encounter some resistance with my next one: Increasing velocity of change is best accomplished by slowing down. Most CEOs feel as if they’re in a race to change the future, and they would be correct. By…

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The “Be Attitudes” of Building Trust in the Workplace

Not to be confused with the biblical reference to the beatitudes shared in the Sermon on the Mount, these "be attitudes" are suggestions that you may consider adopting to help you and your colleagues to establish better trust within your workplace. I hope that you find them worthy to put into practice: 1. Be Real, for it Inspires Confidence: Authenticity goes a long way in establishing trust in…

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Digitalizing Your Business Means Re-Imagining How It Operates

Today's digital capabilities offer great promise for businesses big and small. But, in order to realize that promise, business leaders must be willing to drastically re-think their company's business processes. In fact, all processes must be broadened to include all related responsibilities and tasks, independent of organization design or "chain of command" and they must be redesigned…

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