The Obstacle Is The Way; Turning trials into triumph.

I recently read a great book called "The Obstacle is the Way" by Ryan Holiday.  The book addresses how to use many of the elements from the philosophy of Stoicism to confront and overcome life challenges and trials.  While I don't personally subscribe to all the tenets of stoicism, I do believe Holiday has some very solid principles that if applied could change the way you see the world and help you be much more successful in overcoming barriers. Below are some of my notes from reading the book. Read more »

The Fog of Work: Why the Why is important for top performers.

I recently posted on the Mercury 11 Blog about the Fog of Work and the importance of having a clear why.  There are over 100,000 CEOs in the U.S. who lead companies with 100 or more employees.   At 100 employees, it is nearly impossible to effectively motivate and lead an organization in this agile, fast-paced world without a clear purpose and an even clearer communication of CEO intent. The military has known for years that clear communication of leadership intention is more important than Read more »

Burst your own bubble: Learn what employees want from you.

Being a CEO is a tough and complex job.  Few people tell you what is really true and often you see only the truths that support your beliefs.  Speaking from experience, it is easy to get insulated into a bubble where the folks around you tell you what you want to hear vs. what you really need to hear. Here's some bubble-busting insights: Most employees know far greater what is really going on than you give them credit! Employees can sense when a CEO or top leader is clueless. Employees Read more »