CEO/C-Suite On-Camera Videos: Free Chapter from the book Leadership in Focus

CEO/C-Suite On-Camera Videos: Free Chapter from the book Leadership in Focus

The following is a chapter from Tribe CEO Vern Oakley's recent book, Leadership in Focus: Bringing Out Your Best on Camera. It makes the case for leaders to attempt to show their true authentic selves on video (as opposed to what they think others want to see). This excerpt also recounts the story of the King's Speech, about King George VI.

Speak from Your Heart: Connect with Millions—Key Ideas

Forget what you think a leader should look like on camera.

Is Your Glass Half-Full?

Is Your Glass Half-Full?

In his excellent book Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Eric Barker contends that pessimists are more often right in their predictions, but optimists are more often more fulfilled and productive in life.

Scientific research has come up with a long list of benefits to being optimistic.

Are you a 98-Pound Weakling?

Are you a 98-Pound Weakling?

Does vulnerability equal weakness? The answer is a resounding no. I shared Brene Brown’s TED Talk about vulnerability with my class of graduate-level students at Baruch College back in the fall. Their reaction was priceless. Even though the talk is about eight years old(!), it's a reminder to me that the human characteristics of vulnerability, humility and courage are more essential than ever.

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

A good strategy is nothing without a good culture. Companies that maintain a culture of diminishing people, putting them down, institutionalizing sexism or harassment, or protecting abusers, are always going to go down in flames if they do not change. I don’t care how good your strategy is, if your culture isn’t right it will get you every time.

Résumé Values vs. Eulogy Values.

Résumé Values vs. Eulogy Values.

This concept comes from David Brooks's book, The Road to Character. If you’re like me, perhaps you contemplate your career in terms of “résumé values”-- thinking of my client list, the awards I’ve won, the experience of running a production agency for over 30 years.

Wartime CEO vs. Peacetime CEO

Wartime CEO vs. Peacetime CEO

What's the difference between a Wartime CEO and a Peacetime CEO?

This is a concept that I learned from Ben Horowitz’s great book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things.

It’s difficult to be in charge, we know this, but even more so when you realize that it’s the context that dictates the skills required.