• Why How Smart You Are Has Nothing To Do With How Successful You’ll Be As a CEO

    September 26, 2022

    The journey as CEO is a long one.   You won’t be able to rely purely on your god-given raw intelligence for the whole trip.

  • Working With John: My CEO User Manual and Why You Need One

    July 24, 2022

    I am here to help you achieve your goals. I am your servant.

  • Shokunin: The Secret to Mastery as a CEO

    July 12, 2022

    Being CEO is more about your habits than your actions. 

  • First Principles, Part 4: Caring Counts

    February 15, 2022

    People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.

  • Greenlights and 5 Books I loved in 2021

    February 6, 2022

    McConaughey's Greenlights and our annual list of favorite books

  • Tribe Vibes: The Secret to Avoiding Micromanagement

    November 24, 2021

    Micromanagement is a killer. All founders have trouble getting out of the weeds.

  • The Gift of Fear

    September 19, 2021

    Today, we CEOs experience fear and think it is a natural emotion...

  • Tribe Vibes: The Lily Pad Theory

    September 4, 2021

    Communication is at the root of all business strengths—and weaknesses.

  • Why Segway Failed and Tesla Succeeds

    August 13, 2021

    The problem with the Segway was that it completely missed the fact that the core need wasn’t there.

  • The Myth of Work-Life Balance

    April 23, 2021

    Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.

  • The Last Dance: What Leaders Can Learn From Michael Jordan

    March 29, 2021

    The best way to understand leadership is to watch it happen.

  • The Proven Method for Making Irreversible Decisions

    March 27, 2021

    Making good decisions is a secret weapon at Amazon. It can become your superpower as well.

  • Lessons in Leadership with Oprah Winfrey

    March 21, 2021

    We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.

  • First Principles, Part 3: The Secret to Being Customer Centric

    March 7, 2021

    There is no better selling weapon in the whole world than a happy customer talking to a prospect.

  • First Principles, Part 2: Always Selling, Always Recruiting

    February 27, 2021

    The person with the biggest pipeline always wins.

  • 5 Podcasts that Make Me a Smarter CEO

    February 27, 2021

    Podcasts can be a great escape from the day-to-day grind of being a CEO.

  • First Principles, Part 1: Seek Advice Early and Often

    February 19, 2021

    The biggest thing I learned in my time as CEO was how much I had to learn.

  • One Superpower I Use Every Day as a CEO

    February 18, 2021

    ARR, LTV, GTM, churn, positioning, competition, customer satisfaction, valuation. Over the past twenty years, I have been the founder and CEO of two companies where these metrics (and more) were important. I developed and honed my “superpowers” as a CEO to ensure each of these measures was going in the right direction. As a result,