During a recent CEO Peer Group meeting, one of my CEOs asked if I knew anyone who could help with some specialty financing and leasing programs. I mentioned that I did and would make an introduction. Another member who happens to be a Paul too said, “We now refer to you as the Yoda of business … [Read more...] about Be the Yoda of Networking
Ask the CEO
The majority of my CEO positions involved being brought on board to help the founders once they had accepted venture capital funding. It was commonly referred to as Adult Supervision. Once, while being interviewed by a founder for the CEO role, I was asked, “Do you not like founders?” He asked … [Read more...] about “Ask the CEO” Should the Founders be Fired?
Over the years, former mentors and business associates send me great stories that I use during my lectures at Northern Arizona University. Marsha Morgan was my very first manager out of college and to this day we are great friends (which is a column for the future about the importance of maintaining … [Read more...] about What to Consider When Buying a Business with Partners
Over the last few months, I have received wonderful comments and feedback on my columns that have dealt with taking care of employees and doing things like writing notes, holding one-on-ones, and doing a better job of communicating. That being said, I still haven’t convinced everyone yet. In the … [Read more...] about ‘I Quit Because My Scissors Are Broken’
Because we are starting a new year, the idea of New Year’s resolutions comes to mind. Just this week, someone sent me an email and asked if businesses should have New Year’s resolutions just like individuals do. While I have never done this for my companies (with the exception of a financial plan … [Read more...] about Don’t You Know Who I Am?
For my column this month, I have decided to write about two things that I experienced in the last 30 days. Both have real world lessons for anyone running a company or managing a business or employees. Speak the Language My youngest son, Ross, will be graduating from Northern Arizona … [Read more...] about Speak the Language: Remember, It Is the Little Things