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Good Advice (from Top CEOs)

Seven Tips for Leading the Pack San Diego’s Most Admired CEOs* (as identified by the San Diego Business Journal) didn’t get to where they are today without gaining great perspective, making mistakes and learning from those who came before them. Following are tips they shared about how to become strong leaders who not only lead in the company, but also in the industry and community.   Be Humble: Gary Rayner, former CEO of LifeProof: “Be humble, trust your instincts and at the same... Read More >

Categories: Leadership

Five Ways Top CEOs View the Competition

[Article 6 of a 6-part series] Have you ever wondered how much top CEOs focus on the competition and what they do about it? You may be surprised by the five perspectives that emerged in the interviews of San Diego’s Most Admired CEOs*  (as identified by the San Diego Business Journal). Skip It! Understand your competition but don’t be paralyzed by them. Nobody is going to get 100% of the market share. (Jim Cable, Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation) I try not to... Read More >

Categories: Entrepreneurship| Leadership

Column Image Your Employees are a Goldmine: Four Ways San Diego’s Top CEOs Tap into their Teams’ Innovation

[Part 5 of 6] Just as San Diego’s Most Admired CEOs* (as identified by the San Diego Business Journal) are intentional about their culture, inspiring and engaging their teams and taking risk, they also have philosophies about innovation and specific ways they seek it out and execute it. Two of the CEOs, Jim Cable of Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation and Gary Rayner, former CEO of LifeProof, believe innovation emerges when you have the appropriate philosophies and systems in place. “In big companies,... Read More >

Categories: Creativity| Entrepreneurship

Top CEOs Reject Comfort Zones: Three Bold Life Lessons on Pain and Discomfort Leading to Success

[Part 4 of 6] Before becoming CEOs we know and admire, San Diego’s Most Admired CEOs* (as identified by the San Diego Business Journal) had challenges along the way that pushed them out of their comfort zones and helped define their values. Following are three lessons on how rejecting their comfort zones helped them grow. Lesson #1: Know Who You Are and Follow Your Passion Prior to becoming the CEO at Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, Jim Cable worked at a company where he... Read More >

Categories: Entrepreneurship| Leadership| Personal Growth

“This Feels Risky But I’m Doing it Anyway!:” Three Ways Top CEOs Embrace Risk

By Dr. Sherry Nooravi (Part 3 of 6]. When it comes to taking risks, San Diego’s Most Admired CEOs have often had to go against naysayers to follow their gut feelings and take actions that resulted in career and company growth. Three themes emerged in the interviews I had with the winners of San Diego’s Most Admired CEOs (selected by the San Diego Business Journal) on the topic of risk and innovation. Times change and a few of the CEOs have... Read More >

Categories: Creativity| Entrepreneurship| Leadership| Personal Growth

Free Lattes and Massages Do Not Create Engaged Employees – Four Techniques that Will Raise Performance

Article 2 in a six-part series on the best practices of San Diego’s Most Admired CEOs (as identified by the San Diego Business Journal; San Diego companies, like the rest of American corporations move at a fast pace and 3 of the CEOs interviewed have since moved on to other companies) Clock-watchers, “9-to-5ers,” slackers and loafers are just a few words leaders may use to describe the 71% of American workers who are unhappy at work (according to recent Gallup... Read More >

Categories: Communication| Leadership

Shaping Culture: You Can’t Create a Great Environment without These Four Actions

By Dr. Sherry Nooravi [Part 1 of 6] Whether it’s Tony Hsieh of Zappos, Richard Branson of Virgin Group or Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, you often hear successful leaders talk about how their company culture helps them achieve their goals. It’s also clear from my interviews with San Diego’s Most Admired CEOs that they, too, take it seriously and invest time and resources to make sure they’re constantly shaping productive, engaging, and innovative workplaces that benefit their employees, clients,... Read More >

Categories: Organizational Change

Most Admired CEOs Have a No Guts No Glory Approach (published article in the San Diego Business Journal)

Fearless, driven and passionate is how I describe the nine winners of the Most Admired CEO Awards I interviewed. Not impervious to fear, they sense it like the rest of us — and still forge forward toward their dreams. You will find from this excerpt of my findings that they take culture seriously … Click here to read all the findings: Most Admired CEOs 2013 Read More >

Categories: Entrepreneurship| Leadership| Personal Growth

The Four C’s: How your Workspace Can Improve the Culture and Productivity of your Company

“The only thing of real importance that leaders do is to create and manage culture. If you do not manage culture, it manages you, and you may not even be aware of the extent to which this is happening,” Edgar Schein, professor MIT Sloan School of Management Have you ever walked into an office that buzzed with energy – where you see employees talking in clusters, all in some form of collaboration such as brainstorming and writing ideas to focused... Read More >

Categories: Organizational Change

Spring into Action to Cultivate the 22 Habits of Happy People

“Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.” ― Samuel Smiles Samuel Smiles, Scottish author best known for his didactic work Self-Help, which, with its successors, Character (1871), Thrift (1875), and Duty (1880), enshrined the basic Victorian values associated with the “gospel of work,” (1812-1904). There are two types of people in the world: Those who... Read More >

Categories: Personal Growth