June 2013

Lessons from Freewheeling Leaders

by Heather Hughes on June 25, 2013

I mentioned in my last post that freewheeling leaders allow for independent decisions. It’s not that they run their businesses and teams willy nilly, they certainly do not. What they do is hire people smarter than they are in certain areas – people who are experts at their craft – and then let them do […]


Leaders of Lasting Impact: Lessons from the Rigorous

by Heather Hughes on June 19, 2013

My recent series called Stories of Excellence contains numerous lessons of excellence from nearly 25 individuals with whom I’ve worked over the last 20+ years. I’ve taken a step back to consider these leaders and lessons. As such, I’ve developed a rough hypothesis that identifies four characteristics of great leaders: they are rigorous, they are […]


John Simmons

Stories of Excellence: “Excellence is fanaticism.”

by Heather Hughes on June 6, 2013

John Simmons When I first met cowboy-hat-wearing John Simmons I thought, “Here’s a genuine individual.” Genuine as in unassuming and genuine as in real. Then, when John gave me a tour of White Knight Fluid Handling’s manufacturing facility, his enthusiasm was palpable. What a rush. It’s great to be around entrepreneurs who believe in themselves […]


Stories of Excellence: “Not to worry, I’ve been through it too.”

June 4, 2013

Richard Kuhn Just before I launched my business Brad Warnock put me in touch with Richard Kuhn, also a Megahertz alumnus. A few months later, Richard was my client. Richard runs sales and marketing at White Knight Fluid Handling, Inc. The company makes ultra-high purity pumps used in semiconductor, LED, and photovoltaic manufacturing. Getting to […]

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