Does Love Work as a Leadership Principle?

As I stumbled for my alarm at 3:00 a.m. on my first day on the job as a street washer, I wondered what I was getting myself into. CBS had asked my company to participate in its hit reality show Undercover Boss. As the CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE) at that time, I’d agreed to work at Silver Dollar City, our original theme park in Branson, Missouri. I had no idea that what was …

What would I tell my 36 year old self?

When I was only 36 I was asked to be CEO of a major division of GM: Saab North America. Saab was bleeding cash and losing dealers. To construct the turn-around plan,  I listened closely to existing Saab leaders; but I also developed my own plan based on my experience at Saturn and feedback I learned by listening to Saab dealers.  We put a 5 point plan together and turned Saab around in less than …

Last In Line Leadership

John and I dispel myths of leadership and other fun topics such as my one-time chance at guarding a Laker’s player during my high school basketball career.

Five Leadership Mistakes to Avoid: #5-All Do and no BE.

Welcome to the 5-part series of Leadership Mistakes to Avoid. Over the course of this series, I address a different mistake each week. I invite you to join in the weekly discussion and share your experiences and lessons learned. Here is the final mistake that many leaders struggle with and how to avoid or overcome it. #5: All Do and no BE. I have been the CEO or a senior leader of six companies over …