Category Archives: Management Focus

Committed to Growing as Leaders

This week my Chief Executive Vistage groups got together in person for the first time in 15 months. Wow! It was so sweet. There were so many lovely side conversations before starting, during breaks and sometimes during the meeting as people reconnected or met for the first time. >

unintended benefits of PPP money

Has anyone studied the actual uses of the Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans/forgiveness?

Because the pandemic totally devastated approximately 20% of the economy in sectors like travel, events, hotels and dining, it is hard to imagine how these industries have survived, or how the PPP money could have helped them for long. If they are still surviving, they are maybe 1/3 the size they had been before the pandemic. For them it has been tragic. Hopefully, they will come back as the economy reopens. >

Do what only you can do

My new Vistage Member looked uncomfortable, well maybe downright unhappy. I was a brand new Vistage Chair and a little uncertain. I put down my notebook and just looked her in the eye and asked, “What’s wrong? You look pretty unhappy.” She sighed deeply. >

What does the data tell us?

As the first year of Covid closes, what have we learned? What will we do again when the pandemic tamps down, and what will never come back? While we have our own lived experience, what does the broader data tell us about budget allocation? >

Covid tests

We have been subjected to so many Covid tests, it is hard to put all of them in categories. And, I don’t mean getting that swab stuck up to my brain and down to my tonsils. Every day, Covid tests our leadership, our mindset and our health habits. >

What can I control?

The good news is that not as many people are dying per number of new Covid cases.  Our amazing medical professionals and scientists are making progress there. The bad news is it feels the same as March and it’s almost October. We don’t have enough testing, we don’t have enough tracing and there is no vaccine likely before deep into 2021. Meanwhile, unemployment stays well over 10% and many companies and jobs will never come back. >

Hacks for mentoring

I was asked to follow up from last week’s post with more hacks for mentoring. New supervisors are often uncomfortable giving direction to those who just recently were peers. Being a first-time supervisor is probably the most difficult step in a leaders journey. So, let’s start with your mental game. >

Mentor, don’t instruct

How often does someone try to delegate up to you? Hey boss, how do I get on the shared drive? Hey boss, what should I say to this difficult customer? Hey boss, should we get a different supplier? >


Today is the Oscars. If you don’t live near Hollywood, you may not know that they close down Hollywood Boulevard for a week ahead and 2 days after the Oscars. This creates a traffic nightmare that we just move around like a school of fish turning around a rock. There have been billboards all over the city especially along the Sunset Strip to tempt the voting Academy members to choose this movie or that actor. Ads in the L.A. Times. Ads on local television. And more.

I was thinking of just curling up and watching the inane pregame, I mean pre-Oscar show, but no, my priority this afternoon is to write my blog.

Ok, laugh. Instead of preparing for a work meeting, how often do you check your email? You walk into your office with no plan for what you have to accomplish today. You did not break down your long term goals into 2 things you have to accomplish this week. You don’t have KPI’s and quarterly goals set, with weekly steps to get there. You spend your days in meetings without agendas, and feel like there must be a better way. There is. Prioritize. Say no to the meetings someone else can run. Delegate. Do those things that only you can do or should do. Unless your boss says you need to do it, reconsider why you say yes to so many requests.

Only when you prioritize the important and break it down into steps will you reach your goals. When you get clear on what you must do, then you can take time for other interests without feeling guilty. Turn off your notifications and read a book, watch a movie or check out the outfits and the glam at the Oscars. Did your favorites win?