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2020

November 2020

November 22nd, 2020 The Disruption! CEO, Try Thy Hiring System • CEO Corner • Further disruptions • Chart of the Week – Currently Hospitalized in the U.S. • Econ Recon

November 15th, 2020 The Disruption! What is a Leader? • CEO Corner • Further disruptions • Chart of the Week – The Decline of Upward Mobility • Econ Recon

November 8th, 2020 The Disruption! Yes, We Are a Country (Team) Divided • CEO Corner • Further disruptions • Chart of the Week – How Big is Private Equity • Econ Recon

November 1st, 2020 The Disruption! Oh Boy, Does the U.S. Need Infrastructure! • CEO Corner • Further disruptions• Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

 

October 2020

October 25th, 2020 The Disruption! “I’m So Tired” • CEO Corner • Further disruptions • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

October 18th, 2020 The Disruption! What do you have in common with a professional athlete?  • Vistage CEO Corner • Further disruptions • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

October 11th, 2020 The Disruption! 2021 Ahoy! Are you ready? • Are We Driving (the Best) Half of our Workforce Away? • Further disruptions  • Chart of the Week •
Econ Recon

October 4th, 2020 The Disruption! COVID continues to accelerate changes in business models • Are we losing (the best) half of our workers? • Further disruptions • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

 

September 2020

September 27th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • A Different Mindset • Need to Escape, Flights to Nowhere! • What I am Reading and Watching • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

September 20th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • The Hotel Market – COVID Is At Work • Why We Suck at Planning for Catastrophic Events • What I am Reading and Listening to • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

September 13th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Corporate R&D Labs, a Sad Loss • All Employees are Equal; Just Some Feel Parents are more Equal than Others • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

 

August 2020

August 30th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Burnout! Houston We Have a Problem • The CEO Role is Changing • What I am Reading • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

August 23rd, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Algorithms Once More Run Amok • Built to Last? Hopefully Not • What I am Reading and Listening To •  Chart of the Week – Tech’s Dominance • Econ Recon

August 16th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • The Future of the Gig Economy • SPACs Anyone? • What I am Reading and Listening To • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

August 9th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Rents are Falling • Working From Home – What Have We Learned? • What I am reading • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

August 2nd, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Compensation in a COVID World • Do You Know Where Your Clients Are and What They Want? • What I am Reading, Watching and Listening To • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

 

July 2020

July 26th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • M&A Deal Volume is Falling • Your Leadership Style and Culture Will Define Your Future • B2B Selling During COVID • What I am Reading • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

July 19th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Your Team Needs to go Upstream • Public Company CEO Pay, Is the Day of Reckoning Here • M&A Volume is Falling • COVID May Be Here for a While • Great Reads of the Week • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

July 12th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Now is the Time to Take Action • Hubris is Killing Us • Culture & Core Values • COVID – Not Looking Good? • Good Reads of the Week • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

July 5th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Is This the Time to Start a Business • How to Survive and Thrive in a Recession • Great Reads of the Week • Chart of the Week – The World’s Biggest Retailer • Econ Recon

 

June 2020

June 28th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Put Your Oxygen Mask On First • Going to Sell Your Business in 2020/21- Think Again! • How to Throw Away a Competitive Advantage • Great Reads of the Week • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

June 21st, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Where are you? • Your Core Values Will Make or Break You • When Will We Return • Great • Reads of the Week • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

June 14th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • What is Your Plan? • Empathy, Empathy, Empathy! Now Do You Understand • Great Reads of the Week • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

June 7th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Difficult Decisions • The New Normal and Achieving It • Your African American Employees Need Empathy and Support • Fastest Growing SAAS Firms In May • Great Reads, Podcasts, and Videos of the Week • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

 

May 2020

May 31st, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Is Social Unrest Coming? • Even Though We Are Opening Up, Three Things to Watch • We’re not as wealthy as we thought we were • Great Reads of the Week  • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

May 24th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • The Robots are Coming • A Coming Fall in Productivity • Summer is Here, so What to Read? • Great Reads of the Week • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

May 17th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Will COVID Doom U.S. Small Businesses? • Will People Migrate from the Cities? • Big Tech is Getting Bigger • You Should be Excited! • COVID, What is next? • Great Reads of the Week • Vistage Resources for Everyone • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

May 10th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • If You Want To Succeed, Look to Darwinian Evolution • What Kind of Office Will do We Return To? • Letting People Go the Right Way • Lessons On Life • Chart of the Week – Where the Job Losses Are • Econ Recon

May 3rd, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • You Need a Peer Group, NOW! • Customers are People Too • Your Only Goal is to Survive • Now Is Not The Time for Your 10-Year Target • These Are Not Unprecedented Times • Great Reads of the Week • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

 

April 2020

April 26th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • The Ugly Ducking • re Employee Mental Health • You Got Your PPP Loan, Now What? • Are Our Priorities Right? • College Woes • Airlines, What Does the Future Hold? • Good Reads of the Week • How NYC Has Changed In 11 Numbers • COVID Comes with Increased Cyber Attacks • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

April 19th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Where Do We Go From Here • Will the Revolution Start? • Great Reads of the Week • Where is the Pied Piper? • The Used Car Market – Help! • Some Desperately Needed Humor • Charts of the Week • Econ Recon

April 12th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • What Organizations Need Now! • The Three Equations for a Happy Life, Even During a Pandemic • Should Private Equity Portfolio Companies Get a Bailout? • Is This The End of Cash? • New SBA Guidance Allows Venture-Backed Startups to Apply for Rescue Loans • Some Good Reads • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

April 5th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • During a Crisis, You Need A Different Board • Financial Modeling for a Crisis • After the Lockdown, Divorce? • Condom Shortage • Hanlon’s Razor • Bringing Joy While Socially Distancing • Interesting Articles & Videos • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

 

March 2020

March 29th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Covid-19 Resources for CEOs • Leading During a Crisis • What is a Life Worth? • Now You Need a CHRO! • How CEOs are Handling Covid-19 • Interesting Articles • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

March 22nd, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Leadership in a Time of Crisis • Survival in a Time of Crisis • Ransomware, Is There an Increased Threat? • Predictions: Part II • Culture is Key During a Pandemic • The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Warned of This in 2006 • Coronavirus Articles • Charts of the Week • Econ Recon

March 15th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Standard Causes of Human Misjudgment by Charlie Munger • Healthcare is too Important to be left to the Market! • Is Estonia a Model? • Leverage, Where is Thy Sting • Litigation With Possibly Large Implications for PEGs • Leadership During a Crisis • Predictions • Coronavirus, A Great Analysis • Don’t Panic. The Answer is 42 • Chart of the Week – Crashes Compared • Econ Recon

March 13th, 2020 A Letter to My Vistage Members

March 8th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Leadership in Today’s Uncertain Times Why Do You Lead? • Lead with Experience, not Product or Service • Sequoia Capital Sounds the Alarm • Coronavirus, More to Consider • Why Coronavirus Will Be Worse in the US than China • Chart of the Week – Ivy League Endowment Returns, What Happened? • Econ Recon

March 1st, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Prisoner’s Dilemma – What it Means for Cooperation • Culture and Core Values • Hiring, Look at Integrity Not Resumes • Want a Long, Happy, and Fulfilling Life? Ikigai • Chart of the Week – Cost-of-Thriving Index • Econ Recon

 

February 2020

February 23rd, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Innovation: The Low Hanging Fruit • Hiring and Retaining Millennial Talent in Sales • Financial Analysts, AI Is Coming for Your Job! • Leadership in Small Doses • Nine KPIs All Companies Should Watch • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

February 16th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Key Business Trends for 2020 • The Power of Great Feedback • Coronavirus, What Does it Mean for You? • Days of Disruption:  The CEO’s Most Important Job • Sotheby’s on Service • The Illusory Truth Effect: Why We Believe Fake News, Conspiracy Theories and Propaganda • Small U.S. Firms Struggling to Find Workers • Want to be Really Rich? • Chart of the Week – Airbus can’t build planes fast enough • Econ Recon

February 9th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • How Will You Measure Your Life? • Do We All Have Limited Time? • Want to Create Value in Your Organization? • Great HR Advice • The Continuum of Problem-solving • Be the Glue • Chart of the Week – The Top 1% club • Econ Recon

February 2nd, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • The Very Wealth, Some Advice • How To Invest In Startups • Free Trade is Dead, Long Live Managed Trade • Do You Have Enough Humility to Lead? • Spyware just got Bigger • The Evil List • 58 Words and Phrases That Got Us Through a Crazy Decade in Business • Why Bureaucracy Must Die • CEO Ages at Hire • Econ Recon

 

January 2020

January 26th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Chunking the Ask • Success, Real and Perceived • The Flaws We All Have • Time, or Attention? • Who to Manage First? • The Dolittle Effect • Days of Disruption: The Rise of Re-commerce • RIP, Clayton Christensen, and Terry Jones • Chart of the Week – Biggest Global Risk • Econ Recon

January 19th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • The Worst Performing Industry of 2019• With Possible Iranian Cyberattacks, Remember NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History • Got a Strong Stomach? • Failure, Properly Understood • Want Your Acquisition to Succeed? • Australia’s Wildfires • Chart of the Week – Facebook vs. Everyone Else • Econ Recon

January 9th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Martin Gurri on the Age of Revolt • Private Equity, Does it Deliver What it Promises? • SoftBank, the Fallout Continues! • Productivity Part I: Work-Life Balance • Productivity Part II: Why You Need an Untouchable Day Every Week • Productivity Part III: The Decision Matrix • The Top Risks of 2020 • How to be successful at your career • Chart of the Week – Where Did Americans Move in 2019? • Econ Recon

January 2nd, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Want to Get the Best Solutions? • Days of Disruption: Fed Ex, RIP? • Amazon’s Shareholders Letters • HBR’s Favorite Management Tips from 2019 • Why Women Aren’t Joining YOUR Company • How I Practice at What I Do • Chart of the Week – Missed Growth Expectations • Econ Recon

 

2019

December 2019

December 29th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • The End of History Illusion • Are these Trends Your Friends? • Which Base Were You Born On? • The Optimist’s Guide to 2020 • The 15 Year Layover • Accomplishing Big Things Fast • Top 20 Business Transformations of the Last Decade • Some Great Reading Lists • Best Documentaries of the Decade • The Best Movies of 2019 • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

December 22nd, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Aristotle and the Violinist • Value, Properly Understood • A Christmas Innovation • Think You’re Well Connected? Stop Fooling Yourself • Great Articles of 2018 • Chart of the Week – Global Debt • An Inspiring Holiday Message • Econ Recon

December 15th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Your Challenger Group • A Leadership Style User Manual • Days of Disruption – Colleges • It’s Wicked! The Queen Lost at Martian Tennis • How to Write Better Emails • What Really Matters • Decision, Decisions • Chart of the Week – Best Selling Artists 1969 – 2019 • Econ Recon

December 8th, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Days of Disruption – “Dating & Social Media” • TikTok, Why and Should You? Yes • Days of Disruption – “Stream On” • Rank and Yank, RIP • Holidays Season – ‘Tis the Time of Giving • Chart of the Week – Startup Law of the Jungle • Econ Recon

December 1st, 2020 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • The Age of Success • Does Silver Lake read my Blogs? • The Right Plan • The Trade War • Looking for Gift Ideas or Want to Improve Your Mind? • Online Grocery Shopping • Chart of the Week – Global Brands • Econ Recon

 

November 2019

November 24th, 2019 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Companies Run by Billionaires Outperform • If/Then, Success • Selling into the Buyback • The Case for Culture • Be More Productive with Your iPhone • Chart of the Week – Thanksgiving Grocery Bill • Econ Recon

November 17th, 2019 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Software is Reorganizing the World • Bumble: Another Fairy Tale That Ends • Actually, It’s Lonely in TWO Places • Becoming a Manager • Carrots and Sticks • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

      November 10th, 2019 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Strategy, Properly Understood • Bezos, or Ben and Jerry • Airline Awards, US Carriers MIA • Family Offices, the Next Great Thing? • Memos • Charts of the Week • Econ Recon

      November 3rd, 2019 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Investing in Professional Sports Teams • Ben Horowitz – Always a Great Resource • Dual Equity Structures – Has Adam Newman Killed Them • Incentives Beyond Compensation • Your Presentation Power Curve • Equity Hedge Funds, Where is the Beef?

      October 2019

      October 27th, 2019 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • EBITDA Valuation Multiples – Alchemy? • Like Wine? You Better Pay Attention to Climate Change • A Worthy Rival • If You Are Struggling to Solve a Problem, Maybe You Are Solving The Wrong Problem • Do You Have Women in Your C-Suite? If Not, Why Not? • Econ Recon

      October 20th, 2019 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • A Long Discussion with Jim Collins • What Happened to Blockbuster • AI by the Numbers • Chart of the Week • It’s like déjà vu all over again • The Meritocracy Trap • Econ Recon

      October 13th, 2019 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Is Your Product Missing Something? • Invisible Men and Women • The Algebra of Happiness • AI is Coming for Your Jobs! Well, Maybe not Yours Specifically • Mental Models • Chart of the Week • Econ Recon

      October 6th, 2019 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Alpha Girls in the Valley • Feedback or Advice? • Getting out of your Comfort Coma? •  Chart of the Week • WeWork Doesn’t • Econ Recon

       

      September 2019

      September 29th, 2019 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Playing to a Captive Audience • Days of Disruption: Along for the Ride • Competition is for Losers • Business Podcasts • Decisions, Decisions • Econ, Recon

      September 22nd, 2019 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Eight Ways Out • Bill and Warren Pull a Shift at Dairy Queen • Dr. Galloway’s Latest • From Y to Z • A Brief History of Humankind • Working for FAMGA • Econ Recon

      September 15th, 2019 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Sorry, “Size” Matters • Days of Disruption – Subscribe or Die • Greta, is she relevant? Yes, and Why You Follow Her • Life’s a First Impression Business • Econ Recon

      September 8th, 2019 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Shareholder Value, What Role? • 5 Secrets of Winning • How to Effectively Manage • Remote Employees • Hollywood Blue Ocean • The Road to Innovation: Radical or Incremental • Econ Recon – Survive and Thrive

      September 1st, 2019 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Reflections on the Vistage Executive Summit • World War II and hubris • The Very Rich Read Differently • What You Know . . . or Who You Know? • Grow a little Company founded on a Big Vision

       

      August 2019

      August 25th, 2019 Thoughts, Articles, Entertainment, and Reflections • Bottom of the Barrel Hiring • Hidden Coders • Salespeople and the Silver Screen • Turnaround: Lombardi’s Perennial Champions