Lessons from a 630-Year-Old Family Business

The Cantina at the Antinori Winery. The Antinori family of Italy traces the founding of its family-owned wine business to 1385.  That’s 630 years and 26 generations of business continuity. Consider the risks that a business faces over a span of that period, including war, plague, economic crisis, political turmoil, family health, and sibling rivalries just to name[…]

3 Ways to Focus on Organizational Integrity

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Busting Through Leadership Myths

MythBusters, the TV show starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, focuses on confirming or “busting” popular beliefs, Internet rumors, or other myths. Given the shows popularity, Hyneman and Savage created a live performance and are on tour. Energy was high during the sold-out afternoon show this past weekend in Seattle: kids were out of their[…]

Questions to Consider for Your Leadership Oath

The oath each President of the United States takes is: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution requires that presidents must take this[…]

How do you build trust?

The following is the fourth in a series of five questions and corresponding answers on leadership. See questions:  How to motivate and inspire others? What is the biggest challenge for leaders? What steps or strategies do you use to develop others? 4. How do you build trust with your team and peers? There are a few things I try[…]