“Skin color, gender, and age differences are proxies for cognitive diversity.” Why does diversity matter? Does your skin color make you a more productive employee or better corporate board member? Does your gender make you a wiser government official? And why should we care about having...

Authors: Bob and Gregg Vanourek [caption id="attachment_17032" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Photo credit: Deposit Photos[/caption] Most leaders understand that organizational culture is important. But many struggle with how to change and improve their culture. For too many leaders, culture is too ethereal, too hard to measure, too intangible. So,...

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...

I was once hired from the outside to be the CEO of a company needing a radical turnaround.Revenue and earnings needed to be restated. Massive lawsuits had flown in. Our stock price had crashed. Customers and key employees began to bolt. Managers were pointing at...