Lessons in Excellence

The Coattail Strategy

by Heather Hughes on December 27, 2013

It is apropos that this Christmas season I write of the best and perhaps only sustainable business strategy available to man. It’s the coattail strategy. Like those who accept Christ’s matchless grace gift of eternal life, not earned or deserved, but based only on Him and His work on the cross, so are successful business […]


Joe Girardi said in yesterday’s press conference that everyone should be a role model, a mentor. That’s no small expectation. People, all of us, have many flaws. To be a mentor, at least one with some positive impact, takes a fair amount of self discipline not to mention generosity and genuine caring for others. The […]


Leaders of Lasting Impact: The Drivers

by Heather Hughes on July 16, 2013

After reflecting on 20+ years of lessons learned from outstanding leaders, I’ve concluded that there are four key characteristics that make these leaders great and propel them and their teams forward. I’ve written about two so far: they are rigorous and they are freewheelers. Here I write about the fact that they are drivers. This […]


Lessons from Freewheeling Leaders

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 […]

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Leaders of Lasting Impact: Lessons from the Rigorous

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 […]

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