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Accepting Hatred – Part 1

“Be nice Mark” was a constant refrain while growing up in Wheaton, Illinois, a city with white picket fences, churches and apple pie. The message came from my mom, my dad and our church. They taught me why to be … Continue reading

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Fackler’s Five

These are some conclusions about running a business that I have come to after 19 years in Vistage and working with hundreds of CEOs. 1) If you are worried about an action that has to be taken, you have already … Continue reading

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CEO’s Checklist For Leading Your Company Through A Recession

This came from members of Sterling Lanier’s Vistage Group in the Bay Area. I changed just a couple of items, but this is essentially their work. CEO Driven Activities – surround yourself with good advisors and seek their help – focus … Continue reading

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10 Commandments of Networking for a Job

I visited a meeting of Vistage Chairs in Los Angeles this week. One Vistage Chair shared a few documents that were some of his best practices. This document on networking I thought was well written and worth publishing on my … Continue reading

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Fear, Oct 2003

This is a poem I wrote in a Vistage Chair training class. I am continually reminded how fear gets in the way of good decision making for managers. I am also continually reminded how I am hampered by fear. Of … Continue reading

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The 5 Temptations of a CEO

Many years ago when I was running Stellcom, my wife gave me a book that changed the way I managed forever. The book is “The Five Temptations of a CEO” by Pat Lencioni. The book is very easy to read … Continue reading

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A Guideline for Moral Behavior

I was speaking to a CEO member of my Vistage group about morals and how to determine if his behavior was acceptable. We wandered in the discussion talking about strict moral standards compared to loose moral standards. What was appropriate … Continue reading

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Why I Joined Vistage?

Why did I join Vistage back in 1991? That is an easy question to answer. I was a software engineer since companies paid me to program their computers. I was a CEO because I filed some documents with the State … Continue reading

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