Stories by Christopher Hoenig

Hidden Assets

Whether you know it or not, your "leadership capital" is always at stake, always in flux and always a key factor in determining your success in any endeavour. Leadership capital can be formed or drained, managed or mismanaged, and can have a high or a low yield

Written by Christopher Hoenig07 May 03 12:28

Consult Your Moral Compass

Touchstones that can guide you through life's crises.

Written by Christopher Hoenig10 March 03 11:54

The Leader's Playbook

The famous playbook of Vince Lombardi - the most renowned US gridiron coach of all time and a source of inspiration and wisdom for many corporate and political leaders in America - was based on one core idea: that a limited number of simple plays, coupled with intensive training on situational variations, could transform a team. Applied to the world of C-suite executives, Lombardi's playbook offers a unique window into the underpinnings of leadership.

Written by Christopher Hoenig09 Dec. 02 14:41

Take It to the Next Level

Most of the CIOs I meet are overachievers. They don't stay satisfied with any situation long. Once they've worked through the alignment challenge, the architecture and systems development portfolio, and the other fundamentals facing today's CIOs, they often yearn for something more. The best leaders are usually gazing over the horizon at that next adventure

Written by Christopher Hoenig09 Oct. 02 10:15

How Does Your Workforce Grow?

Gardeners constantly do three things: pick the best quality seeds, prune regularly to keep the plants shapely and healthy, and spend hours preventing pests and then treating the plants for any damage sustained. Those same three things should dominate any leader's approach to people management and staffing, whether on the small scale of a team or through a worldwide performance management system

Written by Christopher Hoenig05 Aug. 02 11:40

True Grit

There is no greater challenge for a leader than breaking new ground

Written by Christopher Hoenig08 May 02 11:30

One For All

Industry leadership not only promotes the greater good of all, it helps build great leaders.

Written by Christopher Hoenig08 April 02 09:15

Look Before You Leap

If you're contemplating taking a new job, first assess the lay of the land.

Written by Christopher Hoenig17 Dec. 01 14:48

Size Matters

If you try to solve large problems without understanding the laws of scale, you're sure to fail. Scale affects everything from the physical universe to the man-made construction of systems most of us are involved in. Why shouldn't it apply to leadership? Leading a very small team is fundamentally different from leading a very large global corporation. Successful careers are a progression from one scale of leadership to another, whether it's up the ladder to the top of the corporate hierarchy or out and down to captain a start-up.

Written by Christopher Hoenig01 June 01 14:57

A Disciplined Sixth Sense

The time for talking always comes to an end, and then something must get done. A leader needs to set the direction and kick-start action. The issue quickly becomes how to lead the implementation effort. Whether the initiative is long or short, big or small, how a leader handles implementation may be the ultimate determining factor in his success. Over the years, I've learned (often the hard way) that there are two enduring principles essential to that leadership: intuition and discipline.

Written by Christopher Hoenig01 April 01 14:30

Lose the 'E'

While the Internet era certainly makes new demands on leaders, e-leadership is not the answer.

Written by Christopher Hoenig16 Oct. 00 10:15

Skunk Works Secrets

It takes careful leadership to make a skunk works effort pay off

Written by Christopher Hoenig11 Aug. 00 14:00