Mark's Blog

February 24, 2023

Leadership and Coaching

I wish I had understood what coaching was when I ran my company. I would have been a better leader. I even had an incredibly valuable CEO coach during that time. When I left the company, he suggested I become a CEO coach, which I have done for 20 years. Yet after all these years,… Read More

January 4, 2023

How You Learn. You Must Learn.

Only a third of CEOs will find this a valuable essay. The other two-thirds will agree with my assessment, but will find less value. CEOs learn both before and after bad things happen. I’ve become an expert on both ways, though I prefer proactive instead of reactive learning. When I started my company, most learning… Read More

September 13, 2022

Controlling the Monkey Brain

I crafted the Fackler Five back in 2010 after 20 years of learning about leadership, especially as a CEO. Number Five is “Do not forget to work on yourself. Though fixing yourself is hard work, it makes fixing the business easier.” A week ago, I completed a 10-day silent retreat at the California Vipassana Center… Read More

February 7, 2022

Algorithms of Business – The Science and Art

I just finished listening to Ray Dalio’s book Principles. It was fascinating to get into his head. For me, the book shows how a very analytical mind figured out the algorithms for investing, but that was not the most impressive accomplishment. Dalio went on document the algorithms for management with a focus on radical transparency.… Read More

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

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