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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

Seven CEO Behaviors that Bring Success to San Diego’s Fastest Growing Companies (published article)

I recently had an opportunity to speak with a handful of CEOs who run San Diego’s most successful companies.* There were seven common actions among these enlightened, high energy CEOs that have helped contribute to their success, innovation and rapid growth, despite the tough economic challenges of the past several years. Click here to read the article, which was published in the San Diego Business Journal. *The interviews were among eight of the CEOs in the top 20 list of... Read More >

Categories: Leadership

Why People Hate Resolutions and Five Steps to Reaching your Goals

Each new year, many Americans resolve to change something that will help improve their lives in some way. These well-intentioned resolutions start out positive enough. “I want to spend more quality time with my kids,” “I want to lose weight,” I want to be a better leader….” And the list goes on. You’ve all heard it in January; and then we don’t really hear about the resolution again…until maybe the following year. Motivation and Resolutions The case for people’s desire... Read More >

Categories: Personal Growth

Five Actions that will Help you Improve Your Leadership and Culture

“If you want to know why your people are not performing well, step up to the mirror and take a peek.” -Ken Blanchard I started a recent talk to a group of CEOs with this quote. I told that them that even though they would find the information I was going to share with them interesting and helpful, the real growth and ability to take the company to the next level would come from being open to changing themselves. Through... Read More >

Categories: Organizational Change