Is Your Business Stuck in Zombieland? by Bob Vanourek Image Source: Deposit Photos   “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Attributed to Albert Einstein   U.S. government statistics tell us that about half of all new businesses will be gone within five years. Of course,...

To Lead Well A poem by Bob Vanourek Summarizing Great Leadership   Bob reading excerpts at his book launch in Vail   “To Lead Well” by Bob Vanourek   I’ll start within, Cultivating quality character, Acting with integrity, Listening with my heart, Composed amid chaos, A soul flooding forth with love.   I’ll reach out, Caring and connecting, Serving, Engendering trust, Building relationships, Unleashing others who...

  Trust Inc: A Guide for Boards and C-Suites Edited by Barbara Brooks Kimmel   Building trust is an imperative to creating a better world.   Through my work advocating ethical and values-based leadership, I sometimes see eyes glaze over. “Whose values?” people wonder. “How do you define what’s ethical?” “Can...

The Keys to Success by Bob Vanourek   What are the keys to success?   I pondered this question when asked to speak at the recent GlenX Success Summit in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. My task was to define the X Factor that, combined with IQ (intelligence quotient) and EQ (emotional...

By Bob Vanourek image credit iStock In our research for Triple Crown Leadership, Gregg and I researched 61 organizations in 11 countries. Our purpose was to find what these exemplary organizations were doing that made such a difference. Our interviewees included Cisco, eBay, GE, Google, Habitat for...

Unleashing Leaders By Bob Vanourek [caption id="attachment_16936" align="alignleft" width="204"] image credit iStock[/caption]           At one firm where I was the CEO, we used brown bag lunches with me that were set-up by department. The format was to sit around a conference table, introduce ourselves, and ask and answer questions,...

Communicating By Bob Vanourek image credit iStock   Your communications are critical to building relationships. Effective communication depends on: ·      What you say and write, ·      What you are observed doing, ·      Your non-verbal communication, ·      How often you communicate, and ·      How actively you listen.   Obviously, if you say one thing and do...

Being Authentic By Bob Vanourek Personal values form the moral compass that guides your behavior. My personal values are summarized by the acronym LRICS. The L stands for Leadership, my passion in life. The R stands for Relationships because leadership is all about relationships. The I is...

Leading Yourself First By Bob Vanourek When I got my MBA years ago, I had a simple goal: “I want to run something.” It was all about me, being in charge, in control, having the answers, and being the boss. At age 24, I was woefully unprepared...