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 »

Why a CEO’s job is to design a strategy, not decide a strategy.

Too often we think of the work of creating a strategy as making a choice or decision. Creating a great strategy is not about deciding which is the best option amongst a list of alternatives. No such list of clear choices exists in today’s business world. Today the work of strategy needs to be approached as a design problem where various interdependent factors such as talent available, business intelligence, leadership, organizational structure, and the financial model are considered as a total Read more »

Uncommon Quotes for Leadership and Life

I keep a folder on interesting quotes that I come across that either add some humor, shed some light, or provoke ideas.  Here are some of the more uncommon quotes I thought you might enjoy or find useful. “Nobody forgets where they buried the hatchet.”  - Hubbard “Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquaintance and without any visible reason.” - Lord Chesterfield “It is the nature of all greatness not to be too exact.” - Edmund Burke “Adversity 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 »