Do a Google search on the words CFO and storytelling, and you’ll find many articles that will supposedly enhance this communication skill. Yet, most of these articles merely scratch the surface on how to tell better stories in the appropriate context. My suggestion is to learn from an expert on analogies, a former presidential speechwriter and the author of Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas.[Read more…] about The Power of Analogy
I’m going to make the bold statement that Roger Martin is this era’s Peter Drucker as a prolific business writer. Roger has co-authored my favorite book on strategy, Playing to Win which is simple, concise, pragmatic, and has plenty of sticky concepts. Roger’s newest book is A New Way to Think. If you like Adam Grant, Dan Pink, the Heath brothers, or Matthew May, this book belongs in your book queue, the topic in this conversation.[Read more…] about A New Way to Think with Roger Martin
Bob Swan is the former CEO of Intel, and he calls Talent: The Market Cap Multiplier a book that should be the cornerstone of every organization’s growth strategy. Ram Charan is the co-author of this book which is essentially General Atlantic’s private equity playbook for finding, obtaining, and facilitating senior leadership talent. In this conversation, Ram discusses talent banks, leadership scorecards, and the initial one-to-one meetings with CEOs and their teams.[Read more…] about Ram Charan on Finding, Getting, and Developing Talent
I make no apologies for believing that Ben Lamorte is one of the most gifted business teachers and coaches I’ve ever encountered. While he’s the global go-to expert in OKRs and coaching other coaches, he could be that conversationalist who can inspire, educate, and inform on any business topic. In this episode, Ben is back to talk about OKRs. In this show, we address outcomes vs outputs and where KPIs fit in this conversation.[Read more…] about Outcome-Based OKRs
If you ask ten successful CEOs what they do, you’ll probably hear many answers–all good, but vastly different from executive to executive. A dream team of McKinsey partners decided to research this very question based on 200 in-depth interviews and surveys with successful CEOs. Their findings are found in the new book, CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest. The book is practical, inspiring, and refreshingly insightful.[Read more…] about The Six Pillars of CEO Excellence
If you are looking for the PayPal version of Brad Stone’s, The Everything Store, that book has arrived. Jimmy Soni is the author behind The Founders where he takes us on a deep, yet informative and eye-opening journey from PayPal’s pre-startup days to just after its IPO. The book is rich with insights we’ve never heard before, and the bookends are incredible–the three-hour conversation with Elon Musk and the moving and inspiring epilogue.[Read more…] about Don’t Call Us the PayPal Mafia
As we observe the DNA behind some of our favorite CEOs, patterns will start to surface. Some are natural at scaling companies to new levels. And then there are the stories of Phil Knight, Jeff Bezos, Reid Hoffman, and Sara Blakely who started with a kernel of an idea and went on to launch brands that are household names. In this episode, we learn about a new leadership framework that defines the unique abilities of impactful leaders.[Read more…] about The DNA Behind the FABS Leadership Styles
I read upwards of 120 books every year, and during every 12-month stretch, I’ll come across a few business leaders, entrepreneurs, and start-up founders that I admire, appreciate, and want to hold up for others to see and read about. Names in the recent past have included Alan Mulally, Bill McDermott, Ed Stack, and Hunter Harrison. The newest name I’m adding to the list is Joe Coulombe, the founder of Trader Joe’s. I would have loved to have met this larger-than-life creative thinker.[Read more…] about Entrepreneurial Magic at Trader Joe’s
Dan Montgomery is the first person I’ve heard that connects OKRs with strategy. But Dan is not talking about this old industrial mindset of predicting and then controlling in yesterday’s strategy process. Dan lifts the idea of sensing and responding, the heart behind what he calls agile strategy. He also explains why OKRs are the engine to this strategy framework which consists of continuous experimentation. We learn more in his book, Start Less Finish More.[Read more…] about What is Agile Strategy?
For years, I’ve been searching for a simple and readable explanation of phantom stock plans. I want that simple guide to give to CEOs because I believe phantom stock arrangements when executed creatively can be one of the best bonus plans for mid-level and senior leadership team members. While that book does not exist, I did find someone who has helped to craft more than a hundred such phantom stock plans, our topic in this episode.[Read more…] about What’s the Book on Phantom Stock Plans?