OpenAI CEO Fired by Board of Directors

What happens when you lose your key stakeholders trust? You’re out, more quickly than ever before. Here’s a prime example. Open AI’s founder and CEO Sam Altman has been fired by his board of directors. They’ve pushed him out for “a lack of candor”, one year after he brought the influential, game-changing ChatGPT to the […]

Celebrating My Birthday With Thinkers 50

I had the fantastic fortune to celebrate my birthday at Thinkers50 Weekend at the magnificent Guild Hall in London. A giant thank you and congratulations to Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer for curating a remarkable two days of meetings. They brought together esteemed minds from around the globe to delve into ideas to shape the future […]

Turnover at the Top

The tandem dismissals of high profile news anchors have captured headlines and eyeballs around the globe. Yes, I was a former news anchor, but I believe these upheavals aren’t nearly as influential as a different type of departure that’s surging: CEO turnover. Every month, the global outplacement firm of Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc. tracks […]

You Can’t Influence an Outdated Business Model

Another cultural touchstone has reached the end of its long, arduous march toward corporate death, proving that you can’t influence an outdated business model. Today is the last day to use the ubiquitous 20% off coupon at Bed Bath and Beyond, which announced it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this week and will close […]

Who Influenced You?

If you’re lucky, your life is transformed by an influential teacher. For me, that was Richard “Dick” Yoakam, legendary professor of broadcast journalism at Indiana University. He pioneered the curriculum, designed the TV studio, foresaw the evolution of broadcasting, and taught us to strive to be thoughtful, well-rounded, ethical journalists and leaders. I’m so grateful.  Yoakam’s leadership […]

Change The Game

Today’s top leaders must transform organizations at record speed. The pandemic transported us to the future and our stakeholders are restless. Whether you’re leading a digital transformation, a cultural transformation, an ESG transformation, or any other kind—the future is here. Influential leaders don’t play the game. They CHANGE the game. It’s now or never. #change #transformation #digitaltransformation #leaders #future #influence #executivecoaching #keynotespeaker #talentdevelopment

Vegas, Baby!

Vegas is officially bouncing back as a convention city. I just keynoted a conference for a global leadership team on how to “Influence Positive Change in a Disrupted World” here in Vegas. What I noticed is that leadership and sales meetings are happening at nearly every property up and down the strip, including the conference […]

Words Don’t Do It

Every leader who’s influenced change has embraced this truth: your words alone won’t shape the future. Words spark emotions, but only your actions have the power to earn commitment and influence positive change. “They hear what you say, but they see what you do.” #influence #change #leadership #leadershipdevelopment #executivecoaching #MLK #keynotespeaker

The Modern Leader’s Mindset

You can’t influence a world that no longer exists. To be a game-changer in a changed world, you must have the modern leader mindset of “I am a modern leader in a transformed world.” You can’t wait for things to return to ‘normal.’ Because they won’t. Your age doesn’t matter. Your comfort level with technology […]

Simplify To Amplify

Looking to influence in a presentation or other high-profile business message? Simplify to amplify.That doesn’t mean dumbing down your messages. It’s quite the contrary— influential messages begin with strategic reverse-engineering. Here’s how to do that: Identify the specific action you want to influence. Pinpoint the values that drive your audience’s decision. Then connect the dots […]