18 May
May 18, 2012

Purple? No. Meet For Drinks? Yes!

15 Oct
October 15, 2013

Twelve CEOs were staring at six bottles of nail polish I had placed on the conference room table. (Two women and ten men were participating in their monthly LEVERAGEDWISDOM peer learning meeting. I asked the women to hold their answers.)

Raising one small clear glass bottle filled with nail polish, I asked, “What color is this”? Purple?  No!  Plum?  No!  Blue-violet? No!
Holding up another bottle, I asked, “and this one?”  Deep pink?  No!  Rose?  No!

One more. “How about this one”?  Red?  No.  Maroon?  No! Read more →

Stand on your desk!!! Get behind the counter!!! Break down the walls!!! You’re boring!!!!

18 Jul
July 18, 2013

A CEO’s perspective and vision are often defined by their routines. So, it is useful for them to break their routines in order to gain new perspectives.

Example: Stand on your desk!!!
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Process Choke Point: Indecision is a Decision.

15 Mar
March 15, 2013

Being CEO/Owner means you have to make decisions in a timely and effective manner.

Yes or No…Heads or Tails…Left or Right.

At LEVERAGEDWISDOM, we’re all for a well-researched thoughtful measured decision making process that’s inclusive of others.  After all we are a CEO/Owner peer learning organization; but, at the end of the day…somebody has to pull the trigger.  However, too often, leaders insist on more information and more time…more meetings and more opinions, more of this and more of that.  Bottom-line, if the decision process takes too long it becomes a Choke Point. Read more →

Choke Points #1: Person, Position or Process

11 Feb
February 11, 2013

At LEVERAGEDWISDOM we work on our Member CEO’s choke points often leading to unusual action steps.

In military strategy, choke points are geographical features; such as bridge, valley, or strait which an army or navy is forced to pass through. The choke point increases vulnerability, decreases combat power and compromises the ability of a unit to reach their objective.

In business a choke point is a person, position or process that decreases the company’s operational excellence when delivering products or services to customers; thereby, compromising growth and/or profitability.

Process Choke Point: Case Study Read more →

What’s the expiration date on your business?

03 Jan
January 3, 2013

“We tackle the tough questions that keep owners of privately held businesses up at night.”
Richard Lavin

The stark reality is that there is life cycle to everything.  At some point even the greatest waterway has to be widened (the Panama Canal).  A company built on rock-solid chemistry is blindsided by digital process (Kodak).  A disease defeats its medicine (TB).

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