I closed my consulting business last week, after 30 years. It was a sad feeling to close the bank account and realise it’s the last tax return I’ll lodge. It was only a one-person business really. I never wanted to hire staff, but I’d have loved to have found a business partner who shared my ideals, goals, philosophies, ways of work and concern with on-time delivery. I’m going to miss it. Read More »
*Disclaimer: I never received a bonus from any job I ever did in my whole working career.
Every time I see outrageous bonuses received by CEOs and senior managers, it makes me angry. I don’t blame the CEOs though. Their salaries and the schemes for senior managers are set by the board! It’s boards we should be attacking.Read More »
I’m reading a book about Elon Musk, the entrepreneur who created Zip2 (online business directories), PayPal (online global payment system), SpaceX (commercial rockets into space), Tesla (electric car) and chairs his cousin’s company Solarcity (commercial solar power generators). One of these would be enough for any person. And he has even more outrageous plans for the future.
Musk seems to be maniacal, working 20-24 hr days and expecting others who work for him to follow his model to the extent possible. You could say he was crazy – many have. Or that you couldn’t stand to work for him – almost everyone would agree with that. But the fact is, he has created some amazing inventions that have – truly and literally – changed the way the world works or will work. For that, he must be admired.
Over my working life, I’ve come in contact with lots of CEOs. My research has shown the importance of clear strategy and good leadership teams for organisations to be high performers. But one thing that is rarely discussed in what makes organisations work well is the energy level of the CEO.