Throughout his career, Greg has advised CEOs and key executives at some of the world’s most admired companies.

In this executive leadership blog, I invite you to tap into my years of experience that has been honed as a CEO and through my work today on the front-lines of business. As a sought-after executive coach, keynote speaker, strategic planning advisor and workshop facilitator, my insights and enthusiasm in this executive leadership blog will inspire you to improve your performance and future.

From leadership to accountability to strategic planning, this executive leadership blog is intended to guide and inform your decision-making, whether a current leader or an aspiring one.

A Time of Reflection…and What Else?

September 1st, 2020  |  Published in Uncategorized

Beginning March 13, we each began facing a certain sort of death. Perhaps it was the loss of a loved one. Or the closure of a business. We may have …

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Lewis + Clark + You

August 10th, 2020  |  Published in Leadership

10 Lessons from this Daring Expedition On August 12, 1805, Meriwether Lewis climbed the eastern slope of the Continental Divide toward the realization of a lifelong goal. Lewis was on …

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111 Days of COVID + 10 Reminders for Leaders

July 1st, 2020  |  Published in Leadership

My last airplane trip was March 12th. The next day—Friday the 13th—the U.S. government issued a proclamation declaring a national emergency. That was 111 days ago. COVID-19 and the social …

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Top Leadership Books for Summer 2020

May 28th, 2020  |  Published in Leadership

Great Leaders are Readers. Here are my top leadership books for this summer: Recent events have prompted an increase in baking, Zooming and reflecting. This post marks the third summer …

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You Were Made for This

April 29th, 2020  |  Published in Uncategorized

When King Henry VIII ordered the arrest of Anne Boleyn in May 1536, he set in motion a chain of events that led their daughter Elizabeth to the throne. During …

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The World’s Uncertainty Feels Eerily Familiar

March 27th, 2020  |  Published in Conflict Resolution

Sixty-six years ago, as fear gripped America, 1.8 million school children were injected with an unproven drug. The gamble? Eradicate the deadliest disease of the 20th century: Polio. Not since …

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Effective Leaders Make Time For Self-Care

March 2nd, 2020  |  Published in Uncategorized

If you’re among those who consider time your most precious commodity, figuring out how to allocate more time for yourself can be one of your big challenges. Leaders have been …

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The 6 Signs of Bad Management

February 6th, 2020  |  Published in Leadership

During the month of February, Americans celebrate the lives and legacies of our two greatest presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Let’s briefly contrast the effective leadership styles of Washington …

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Let There be Light: Learn How to Light up the New Year from Inspirational Leaders like Edison

December 31st, 2019  |  Published in Goal Setting, Leadership

Perhaps you’ve thought about what you want to celebrate 12 months from now. Perhaps you’ve even declared a New Year’s resolution or two that will become new habits in support …

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A Mental Checklist for the New Year

December 22nd, 2019  |  Published in Leadership, Strategic Planning

Amid the year-end frenzy there’s an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect on the past year and look to the future of the year that’s about to begin.

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Frank Capra Buys the Rights to It’s a Wonderful Life.

November 26th, 2019  |  Published in Holiday, Leadership

How Belief in an Idea Celebrated a Leader’s Far-Reaching (and Often Overlooked) Impact on Lives “I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is …

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A Tale of Two Cultures

November 1st, 2019  |  Published in Leadership

Initially released in 31 weekly installments, Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities concluded 160 Novembers ago yet offers crucial lessons for today’s leaders. The story alternates between Paris before …

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Are You Building Mount Rushmore or the Soviet Union?

September 10th, 2019  |  Published in Leadership, Reputation

Will Your Reputation be Built to Last? Visiting Mount Rushmore has been on my bucket list for some time.  My wife, daughter, son-in-law and I recently made the pilgrimage to …

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Is it Time for a New Approach?

August 21st, 2019  |  Published in Leadership

Learn from the “Father of Advertising” My daughter Jordan, who works in the Chicago office of Ogilvy, will be celebrating her birthday this Saturday. She inspired me to post a …

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25 Leadership Lessons for 25 Years of Business – Leadership Advice

July 17th, 2019  |  Published in Leadership

The Leadership Advice You Need Twenty-five years ago, the doors of Bustin & Co. opened and my career as a leadership speaker, business coach, author, and Vistage Master Chair took …

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Find Your Sweet Spot

July 1st, 2019  |  Published in Leadership, Problem Solving

25 Years of Bustin & Co. + 25 Timeless Guidelines for Leaders Twenty-five years ago today the doors of Bustin & Co. opened and the journey towards finding my sweet …

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What’s Your Communication Style?

June 11th, 2019  |  Published in Accountability, Leadership

Your Driving Habits Offer Clues A version of this article was first published in June 2012, was reposted five years ago due to its popularity and has been updated as …

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Summer Reading: Best Books About Leadership

May 7th, 2019  |  Published in Leadership

What are the best books about leadership? Here are my top 7 for this summer: The leaders I work with are continuous learners with hearty appetites for great leadership books. …

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The Leader Must Decide

April 2nd, 2019  |  Published in Leadership

What’s Your Next Big Decision? Excerpt from How Leaders Decide, the #1 new historical reference book on Amazon. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely …

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The Compromise of 1850 + The Recession of 2020

March 5th, 2019  |  Published in Strategic Planning

A Leader’s Job: Confront Reality America’s early days as a nation were shaped by big decisions.  Bold, gutsy decisions. Even decisions to intentionally avoid making a decision. The signers of …

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