The 7 Habits of Corporate Executives

I’ve read and listened to a good number of books on business, marketing, management, etc. which offer many excellent approaches, techniques and tips to run a successful, innovative, motivated team and organization. These books were/are best-sellers.

7_Habits_of_Highly_Effective_PeopleI know that the senior management of virtually every organization reads them and that many assign them to their teams and the next generation of leaders. “Long-term thinking,” “train, nurture and retain staff,” “always look at things from the perspective of your customers and prospects,” “treat everyone with respect and assume positive intent,” etc.

So my question is, “Why is it so rare that senior management actually follows any of that advice?”

Why do its readers go from "Good to Ghastly?"
Why do its readers go from “Good to Ghastly?”
Are they just not bright enough? Weak minded? Unable to change bad habits? Prefer “politics” to actual achievement as a strategy to advance? I mean really, WTF?

Did they mean well but revert to “Lord of the Flies” behavior after one bad quarter? Or are they just hiding their “crazy” in public most of the time? I’m asking because now that I’m back on positive side of the ledger I’m horrified at how bad it had been so often at so many places for me, my family and my friends. I had a chat with my first real business “mentor” the other night regarding helping his daughter get started in her chosen field and I was reminded how shocking it was when I first worked with him and was truly trusted, supported and empowered by him and the entire management team when we worked together in the 90’s.

We were all “jazzed up” to go to work every day, weren’t afraid to take calculated risks, and achieved great success with a small team and virtually no budget. Motivated, smart people we were and we innovated virtually every day to make the place better. Did I find a great leadership through my own research? LinkedIn? No, it was pure luck for me (and for them), that we “found” each other and were able to do great things and enjoy the process.

Why is that so rare today? Are 70% of Americans just idiots (as one of my best friends continually points out)? Do people really just not listen and comprehend good advice anymore? Are all “organizations” above a certain size just destined to go horribly dysfunctional because of their size? Is even the best corporate culture guaranteed to dissolve above 100 employees?

Soooo many "leaders" need to really read this book.
Soooo many “leaders” need to really read this book.
I don’t know the answer and believe me, I’m not complaining – I love competing against badly managed companies with toxic management styles and dysfunctional cultures. The bigger and better resourced they are, the better; it makes for greater satisfaction when you beat them and have your pick of their customers and their best employees.

I still would like to know the answer but until then I’ll just enjoy the fact that the competition is not going from “Good to Great,” doesn’t live by the “No Asshole Rule” and clearly hasn’t adopted “7 (or even 1), Habit of Highly Effective People.”

p.s.: When asked what my favorite “business” books are, the response is simple: “The Essential Drucker” and “The No Asshole Rule.” Great advice to work and live by everyday-

Best. Business. Book. Ever.
Best. Business. Book. Ever.


Tide and the Choices “We” Make

I chose aeronautical engineering as my major in college despite it being brutally difficult and not having the recommended prerequisites in high school.

I left it after two years.

I chose to get into marketing for a technology company; I did well but switched to Sales to make more money (and did).

I wasn’t a natural at Sales (and didn’t love it), but was a grinder and used my skills learned behind the bar at the family’s and other saloons to have success.

I hated the taste of liquor but fairly quickly learned to like drinking it “neat.”

I grew up thinking guys who used “grease” in their hair looked odd and made a mental note to never do it. I have used “grease” or gel for decades.

All of the above are true of my Dad. And of me.

Highest price; still most popular with all classes
Highest price; still most popular with all classes
My mother used strange “home remedies” and I felt like we were primitive “mountain people” every time she cured a sty by cutting a potato in half and rubbing half on my eye and burying the other half where water drips.

It worked and all manner of “poultice” and home remedy became staples in my home.

I noticed in college how much more expensive Tide is than the other laundry detergents and I knew that Cheer and All were just as good.

My household only buys Tide (just as my parents did). Every semester I poll my larely international NYU grad class (who often complain about their finances), as to what detergent they buy, and then which detergent their parents bought – the results are 75-80% “Tide” for both answers… every time.

When in doubt, we emulate our parents behavior – even if we don’t get along with them or feel they were good decision-makers.  Even when they told us they made a wrong decision about something AND we quietly said to ourselves “Well, I’ll never make that mistake!”

We often do it without realizing that we’re doing it.  Like an unconscious inner guide, Dad and Mom are still making many of our decisions for us, not all of them of course but many more than we’d like to admit.  Hopefully they made good choices, and their parents did as well, because most of them are, and will, be ours too.


Seven Freedoms that are not in any way freedoms.

1. Freedom to tell others how to live their lives.

2. Freedom to discriminate based on skin color, sexual preference or accent.

3. Freedom to shoot people based on the clothes they wear.

4. Freedom to force others to believe in my version of religion.

5. Freedom to buy or sell political favor.

6. Freedom to promote violence against others.

7. Freedom to act like a bigoted asshole.


Rather than freedoms, I see these things for what they truly are; ancient ignorance’s that have no place in the modern world.


How can it be?

How can it be that the very loud people who are complaining about freedoms being restricted are just as loud about their personal need to restrict other people’s freedoms?

Personal freedom demands that no one else can impose his or her desires or views on anyone else.

It’s your womb, do what you want with it.
It’s your heart, love who you want.
It’s your religion, believe what you want.

My view of your life is irrelevant.

It’s my body, and what I do with it is my choice.
It’s my heart and I’ll use it as I see fit.
It’s my religion and I will believe whatever I wish.

Your view of my life is irrelevant.

Now saying all this I will go out of my way to make the world a happier place. It’s my pleasure to be part of society. I personally enjoy the variety of the world.

I know men who like women, women who like men, men who like men, women who like women, men who like being women and who also like women, and I’m sure somewhere I know every other permutation that is possible to imagine. And I’ve discovered something very simple and obvious, it’s irrelevant to who they are.

A person who thinks that anyone else’s lifestyle is relevant to them, is quite simply a complete asshole. I think it’s very hard work to be such a complete asshole, and it must take a lot of practice. But if people wish to be assholes, so long as they do it in the privacy of their own minds, I’m all for it.



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