When a leader talks about “hitting a wall” in terms of a challenge, it’s generally taken that the wall is their stopping point where they can’t do anything else. They’re aggravated and feel helpless by this immovable obstacle that is preventing them from accomplishing...

In this, the second part of our two-part Leading With Courage℠ conversation with

Paul Darley, the CEO of W.S. Darley & Co., we dive into how the 109-year-old manufacturer of firefighting and emergency equipment continues to bring aboard new generations successfully, whi...

As the head of a 109-year-old company, Paul Darley strives to build upon the

proud heritage of W.S. Darley & Co. (now four generations of Darleys) by manu-

facturing a superior line of firefighting, emergency and special operations equipment.

Darley recently took some ti...

A lot of companies talk about having a recipe for a winning culture but foodjunky.com Co-Founder and CEO Travis Johnson has a cookbook for it in his environment. In the third post of our 3-part Leading With Courage℠ conversation, Johnson speaks to scaling a culture suc...

In Part I of our Leading With Courage℠ conversation with foodjunky.com Co-Founder and CEO Travis Johnson shared how his concierge service makes ordering food from local restaurants easy for individuals, groups, and catering.  He also opened up about the de-railers to e...

foodjunky.com is a concierge service that makes ordering food from your local restaurants easy for individuals, groups, and catering. At the helm of this online platform is Travis Johnson, whose mission is to alleviate the headache of ordering lunch and instead deliver...

In the first post from our conversation with Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and O2E Brands, we talked about how he built a nearly $300 million business but not before he had to let all 11 of his first employees go because they didn’t fit with his v...

"The Family is there to serve the business.  The business is not there to serve the Family."  Craig Duchossois

The Duchossois name has become synonymous with horse racing and its painstaking rebuild of Arlington Park to become one of the crown jewels of the sport. But i...

March 2, 2017

A law firm’s Managing Partner is sitting across the table from me and he’s at a crossroads. He knows he can’t live forever. It’s time to have the challenging conversation about the next phase of the firm and its leadership. I know it. He knows it. So what does he say?

“...

January 23, 2017

In our previous post, Hardik Bhatt shared how he transitioned  from the private sector with Cisco into public service with Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration after thinking he’d left it all behind after his earlier role as CIO for the City of Chicago.

As the Illin...

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