Mark's Blog

November 17, 2021

Is Ego the Enemy of Leadership or Essential?

I have a different take on ego. Though I understand the HBR article titled “Ego is the Enemy of Good Leadership”, I’d like HBR to write the corollary titled, “Ego is Essential for Good Leadership.“ Without a doubt, unchecked ego is a problem as the article explains. As a founder and CEO of a 500… Read More

September 22, 2021

Overcoming Fear of Failure

Until I was about 35 years old, my way of avoiding the fear of failure was to not try my hardest. That way if I failed, I would tell myself the failure was not because I was incapable of succeeding, but because I did not try my hardest. I can remember the moment when I… Read More

September 4, 2021

Infinite ROI

Some fellow Vistage Chairs and I just finished a conversation about the “Core Messaging” of our work. It was fascinating to hear from successful Chairs about their views on Core Messaging. For me, Vistage changed my life when I was a member. I became a better leader, a better husband/father, a better person in general. I… Read More

May 21, 2021

Who is More Important?

Last week, I had lunch at a restaurant and the server handed me a Toast Point of Sale System (POS) to pay for the meal. Later that evening, I had dinner at a bar/restaurant and the bartender handed me a Clover POS to pay for the meal. For lunch, the Toast POS asked me if… Read More

April 18, 2021

Vistage CE-12 Core Values

In 1991, I joined a Vistage CEO group to learn from fellow CEOs how to build a business. When I joined the group, I had grown my company to about 30 employees, but had hit a wall in growth and knowledge. I needed peers and a coach to help me get to the next level –… Read More

April 12, 2020

The 5 Temptations of a CEO

Many years ago when I was running Stellcom, my wife gave me a book that changed the way I managed forever. The book is “The Five Temptations of a CEO” by Pat Lencioni. The book is very easy to read and understand. The 5 temptations are: 1) Placing status, ego, job security over results 2)… Read More

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