Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

The Loss of a Great Friend and Leader

May 21, 2018

Sad news – our GBS Co-Founder and long time friend, Gordon Hill, passed suddenly over the weekend. He was a great leader and confidant in many ways – life as well as business. Very few people have the ability to see things at a high, strategic level and also have the capability to roll up their sleeves and get it done. Gordon was that kind of person. His leadership will be missed, but, more importantly, we will miss his friendship. I know I will. The people he mentored over the years are everywhere.
All our prayers and best wishes are with his family today.

Leadership and Success

April 17, 2017

I saw this interview of Bill Belichick by Suzy Welch of CNBC. While it is about winning in football, much of it applies to being successful in business. You need to plan, but, then you need to be able to interpret results and adapt on the fly.

Dialing Up for Success – Turning Up Eleven

February 9, 2015

Great advice….great athletes know they have to get better and better every year.  The same is true for business leaders….fyi, great advice.

Thoughts on Success

February 22, 2014

I saw the story below and thought it was worth sharing.

8 Things Remarkably Successful People Do
BY Jeff Haden

The most successful people in business work differently. See what they do–and why it works.

What really matters

August 29, 2013

I saw this post from Bob Beaudine recently about the importance of relationships in life…..

Bob Beaudine
“Are You in it for the Deal or the Relationship?” People can tell! Top relationship people understand the principle of sowing/reaping. If you sow genuine care/attentive service/true friendship-you’ll reap a bountiful harvest! Start today investing in and nourishing your WHO Network. “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care!”

…..and he is right. In the end, it is ALL about relationships….business, personal and family.

I know from my own experience that it is easy to get wrapped up in the details of business – products, services, reports, etc. – and we forget the people side of the equation. Don’t think I am ignoring the importance of brands and branding – the consumer is part of this discussion too. Just remember, in the end, it is all about relationships. It is what really great leaders do well!

An Original ‘New Rule Maker’ Passes

May 23, 2013

We have long admired the entrepreneurs that risk it all to bring new ideas and new products to market today. At GBS, we call them ‘The New Rule Makers’. We believe that they drive growth and value at a far greater rate than the ‘old world players’. More on this subject later.

One of the original ‘New Rule Makers’ just passed…..Leonard Marsh, one of the co-founders of Snapple. He helped pave many of the roads and opened many of the doors that we take for granted today. Thanks, Len!

Build the total package

April 16, 2013

Making a new brand successful today is extremely hard…..and complex. One of the key components is assembling a team – in the larger sense. Being able to attract top talent is important. Many companies we see neglect their Board of Directors. Our friends at Celsius are building a powerhouse brand and have just added 3 new board members. Congratulations to them. They will help Celsius go even faster.


July 10, 2012

I heard someone say the other day, “nothing changes if nothing changes”.  Think about it.  By the way, watch out for the Pirates again this year.

It’s What You Stand For That Counts

February 10, 2012

I just finished reading Roy Spence’s book – ‘It’s not what you sell, It’s what you stand for’.  It doesn’t matter whether you are starting a company, running a Fortune 500, or an employee of one, it is a blueprint for creating a successful company….and for achieving personal growth.  Give it a try.


February 9, 2012

I just bought a new laptop, the old one that I had for 6 years died.  Obviously, I got every penny out of it.  My new PC has 5x the storage, 10x the speed, and tons more tools than my old one…..and it was 40% of the price of the one I just canned.  As I left the store, I thought, I can’t wait to see what the next one will do….and how its price will drop too.  Life is great!

Then it made me think of the larger point….in life and in business…..we all better be getting better.  I need to be doing the same thing my PC maker did.