I'm constantly seeking ways to help business owners and corporate leaders free themselves of certain day-to-day duties so they can grow their companies. Hence, delegation and having great teamwork are crucial.
From the leaders of three companies of very different sizes, serving very different audiences, we learn that a successful business requires a self-aware CEO who personally sets the example.
Bold, confident, visionary leaders who take their businesses in new directions are widely admired and sought after. But when confidence balloons into the belief that a good manager can win in any situation, the business is headed for trouble.
"If there's one thing I would say to women who are stepping out of the workforce, it's 'Keep a toe in. Just keep a toe in,'" advised Cara France, who should know. She's CEO of a firm that provides high-level marketing and business consultants.
He ate in the corporate cafeteria rather than the executive dining room. He sent birthday presents to colleagues when they were on business trips. He wrote personal handwritten notes to hundreds of Ford employees who displayed these like badges of honor in their cubicles.
So why the hue and cry -- why the determination to slay a "beast" barely visible from the towering heights of the Shareholders Communication Coalition? No surprise, the answer is money.
We women spend a lot of time working for our family, for our friends and for our passions. We need to take ownership of our successes, experiences, and accomplishments in our "other" jobs.
What if all the currently overeducated women start taking over formerly male-dominated domains? Would that be so bad?
We are in a moral crisis. Our collective trust has been broken and it is time for a values revolution. A moral renaissance, if you will, where how you're doing business is more important than what you're doing.
CEOs of the largest companies in the world are well-positioned to be significant catalysts for positive social change. Unfortunately, doing so has traditionally not been a part of a corporate CEO's job description.
I first met David Jones at the One Young World summit in Zurich where I saw these principles in action. I recently spoke with him about Who Cares Wins and his overall argument that holds that in the 21st century, businesses need to "do good" and "do well" in order to survive and thrive.
To succeed, CEOs need to focus on Sustainable Profit Growth, and make sure its roots are deeply established within their companies, and incapable of being compromised. Yet many don't realize what this concept is, and entails.
Starbucks' growth doesn't come from "insanely great" gadgets with huge profit margins. The coffee chain shows how a good CEO can do right by his company, and how that can structure a CEO's pay to ensure he gets paid what he deserves.
How does an entrepreneur manage this beast called the board, which has five heads, lots of opinions and shows up every four weeks?
If you're not a campaign finance wonk, then you may not have noted that a significant anniversary will arrive on this weekend on January 21st.