Posts in Category of: Leadership

the twilight zone

You’ve Entered The Twilight Zone

October 2nd, 2020  |  Published in Leadership

How a 1959 TV Show Predicted 2020 Sixty-one years ago this week, Rod Serling introduced the first episode of The Twilight Zone. The show was a popular and critical success …

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JFK and Nixon

JFK, Nixon and Blind Spots

September 21st, 2020  |  Published in Leadership

Sixty years ago this week, Americans experienced the first televised presidential debate in which the two opponents squared off against one another. The 1960 election pitting Democratic U.S. Senator John …

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Lewis and Clark

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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10 reminders for leaders amidst covid-19

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

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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Signs of Bad Management

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

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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mental checklist for leaders

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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It's a Wonderful Life

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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leadership and corporate culture

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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The Bustin Family at Mount Rushmore

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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David Ogilvy

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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sweet spot Venn diagram

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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leadership and communication found in driving style

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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books about leadership for the summer

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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how leaders decide

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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Herb Kelleher

Remembering Herb Kelleher

January 7th, 2019  |  Published in Leadership, Uncategorized

Herb Kelleher, the co-founder, CEO and Chairman Emeritus of Southwest Airlines passed away last Thursday at the age of 87. He was an admirable innovator and an exceptional leader that …

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Pisa

When Is a Little Too Much?

August 7th, 2018  |  Published in Leadership, Strategic Planning

The Leaning Tower of Pisa Offers Clues for Your Upcoming Planning Session The period between Labor Day and Thanksgiving is often when leaders gather to affirm their organization’s strategies and …

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Summer Reading

Summer Reading for Leaders

June 18th, 2018  |  Published in Leadership

Continuous Learners Will Dig Into These Books As an accountability speaker and business consultant for more than 20 years, I’ve seen firsthand what makes companies like Marriott, Container Store, Ernst …

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