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Enlightenment by Sunshine

Near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia on Prince’s Inlet, rests a dilapidated excursion boat. I understand it was used in the 1940s and 50s as a whale watching craft. We are here again this year on a painting vacation staying in the home of a friend. The......

The Blue Vase

This week at the annual Chair conference in Orlando I received the Red Scott Award. I was astonished. Didn’t see this coming and in fact never expected to win the award. First, the Red Scott award began only two years ago. It is given to......

Now Offering Online Peer Groups

This works! No travel, no meeting room rental, no meeting refreshments to blow your diet. Everything else is there. The GoToMeeting platform allows all the video and audio, file sharing, recording and flexibility necessary. These peer groups escape the bounds of geography. Participants need only......

Finding the Sweet Spot in the Value Chain

In a coaching session with one of my CEO clients yesterday, a wonderful thing happened. Something bubbled up that can make life easier. We reviewed a new high-potential opportunity he’s pursuing. As we inventoried the factors involved, it became clear that his company is the......

Early Year Thoughts

At this time of year I encourage all those I work with to be thoughtful about what they want to put energy into in the coming months.  Those conversations nearly always end with statement of several business or personal goals since I often serve as......

Recovering Economy or Paradigm Shift?

For the past two weeks I have posed the same question to several members of my Vistage groups here in south Florida with fascinating results. That question is, what if the economic situation has masked a paradigm shift in your industry? Most of us only......

Leader Today, Team Member Tomorrow

When you are the Leader Expect to Win Lead with Passion, Pride and Clarity Set Challenging Goals and Bring Them to Life for Your Team Be on the Front Line When the Going is Tough Hold Yourself and Your Team Accountable Celebrate Success When you......

When Things Change

When it is not the same as it used to be, not as strong, not as promising, not as rewarding, not as fulfilling, not as grand as we had hoped, dreamed, believed, expected. We, having free will, may let hope subside, regress, disappear all together.......

Transformation

Transformation is among the things that do not happen without intent. Only change measured in large metrics is transformation. Transformation exacts a toll in human effort, which is given freely and willingly. Transformation favors many rather than few. It begins with a germ of truth......

Inside the Bubble

At the Vistage International Chair and Member Conference I attended last week nearly 1000 people with similar ideas lived together in a bubble for four days. Since the Gaylord Texan Resort is covered by a gigantic glass structure filled with fanciful canyons, waterfalls and dessert......

A Hundred Years Later in Ukrainian Village

Sunday morning. Ukrainian Village, Chicago. A neighborhood built as a residential center for and by immigrants in the first decade of the twentieth century. Thomas Street. Years ago, I bought a brick two flat in the height of the fix-n-flip boom. Easy profit from cosmetic repair. Quick......

Reality for a Late Adopter

To my kids and grandkids: Guys and Gals, Both of us have new iPhone 4s devices.  Patty’s white and mine black.  That’s pretty much all we know about them from a technical standpoint! If we miss a call it should come as no surprise.  In......

Advice for Prospering in a Strange World

To my sons on Father’s Day: Once each year Father’s day leaves a philosophical door ajar just long enough and wide enough to push a bit of fatherly advice through. I am taking that opportunity. This is what I wrote this morning with the three......

Herb Meyer, Big Ideas That Will Drive the Future

Herb Meyer served as Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and Vice Chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council during the Reagan administration. He came to Florida recently to speak to the Vistage CEO Summit and presented, “What in the World is Going......

Seeking Home as Life Balance

Each July I take a break from my regular duties as an executive coach and leader of Vistage CEO groups in south Florida. We go looking for life balance in activities outside our routine. In July of 2009 my wife Patty and I traveled throughout......

Les Deck, Entrepreneur

Before he was 30, Les formed RPM Deck Grating, a manufacturing company, which was later sold to Harsco. He subsequently founded a Grating distribution company and was a founding associate of SHC Direct, a Chicago area loyalty marketing firm. He served SHCD as both Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Chief Operating Officer. Les designed programs and led operating teams on programs for virtually all the current top ten credit card issuers. He is considered an authority on customer loyalty marketing and has addressed national conferences on the subject.

As a Vistage Chairman, Les completed training in 2005 and now chairs three peer groups for Chief Executive Officers. He is an expert group facilitator, skilled at helping his members solve business problems together and learn from each other’s experiences.

 

Les is also an accomplished executive coach. His work with a full variety of C-level executives has helped them to identify and eliminate barriers to growth.