Monday, March 27th 2017


Huffington’s Secret To Executive Health And Success

Perhaps you’ve heard Arianna Huffington’s most recent monologue on success: The apogee of achievement should not to be defined by that quintessentially capitalistic combo of money and power. Sure, success as defined by money and power might be macho. It might lead to a bigger bank account. But at what cost? Huffington, in Chicago recently to give the keynote at the “Women in the Forefront” luncheon organized by The Chicago Network, argues for a third success metric beyond money and power. Well-being. Not that money and power don’t contribute to success. It’s just that without physical and mental well-being—the “third leg of the stool,” as she calls it—we put our health in danger. Without that third leg we risk toppling over, as Huffington literally did back in 2007, when she collapsed from exhaustion, only to awake in a pool of her own blood.

I have to agree with Huffington, the Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post. Particularly, those of us in business tend to lavish rather irrational praise on over exuberant workaholics (I mean the indefatigable 24/7 kind of work fiend). Pulling an all-nighter is held in high esteem by too many colleagues and bosses. Sleep is somehow undermined. It’s considered a sign of weakness. And that’s not only silly, it’s downright unhealthy. So, to her credit, ever since her fall, Huffington has been evangelizing on the benefits of sleep (the 8-hours-a-night, plus a mid-day nap kind of sleep). She’s not espousing laziness, as the modern-day, work-life imbalanced employee might think. The fact is, it is when we are well rested that we are at our best. That’s when we make the best decisions. After all, as Huffington told the Chicago crowd, “we should pay employees for their judgment, not their stamina.” To see Ms. Huffington express her views on the value of sleep, check out the TED video above.

Video: A Conversation With NFL Players Executive Director

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, DeMaurice (“De”) Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association made time for a special visit to the Metropolitan Club of Chicago to join me for an early morning fireside chat in the Club’s Oak Room on the 66th floor of the Willis Tower. The conversation was the latest in the Met Club’s “Executive Speaker Series” sponsored by Heidrick & Struggles. The Series features discussions with prominent executives to give attendees an insider’s look at a particular business. After a breakfast of bacon and eggs, fresh fruit, and hot coffee, an estimated 75 executive guests enjoyed the discussion–sometimes light and humorous and sometimes brutally serious–about protecting players over the long-term and the business representing pro football players. To catch a glimpse of the conversation click the video below.

Video: Savvy Leaders Embrace Social Media

Welcome to my new video blog on business, leadership and diversity.

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Leadership: Motorola’s Greg Brown on Communication


Leadership in the Field is a series of interviews with CEOs and leaders from around the globe, as they reflect on today’s most critical leadership challenges and opportunities.

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Leadership: P&G’s Bob McDonald on Innovation


Leadership in the Field is a series of interviews with CEOs and leaders from around the globe, as they reflect on today’s most critical leadership challenges and opportunities.

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Leadership: Dick Parsons on Boards & Risk

Leadership in the Field: Interviews with Global Leaders
Leadership in the Field is a series of interviews with CEOs and leaders from around the globe, as they reflect on today’s most critical leadership challenges and opportunities.

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