It started with a simple idea: What if I sat down with CEOs and never asked them a single question about their companies? That “what if” led to more than 500 interviews for the Corner Office column I created in The New York Times, as well as two books: Quick & Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation, and Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed, and dozens of invitations to speak on leadership at business schools, corporate off-sites and industry gatherings.
After a 30-year career in journalism, I joined Merryck & Co. as Managing Director. We’re a senior leadership development and executive mentoring firm, and I’m thrilled to be working with such a smart and wise group of colleagues and mentors. We have a simple mission: We help executives fulfill their potential as strong leaders, and we work with leadership teams to accelerate their strategy. Our core values are curiosity, generosity and courage, and everyone at Merryck lives these values every day.
Journalism is still a big part of my life. Check out my “Art of Leading” interviews at CNBC.com, my interview series on LinkedIn and Forbes.com, as well as some of the guides I’ve written for The New York Times on hiring, building a successful team, and running effective meetings. The NYT article I wrote that summed up some of the key lessons I had learned from interviewing 525 leaders is here: How to Be a CEO, from a Decade’s Worth of Them.