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Strategic Insights

Check in regularly for Ken Gonyer's timely tools and helpful content for executive leaders.

  • This insightful article, 7 Critical Challenges to Test Your Potential as a Leader and a CEO, was published on in March of 2021. Among the seven issues addressed, I would rate #4 the highest: “Provide leadership to drive a transformation.” After little success in convincing individuals of the need to reinvent our company, I was asked by my friend Dr. Mike Bechtle if I’d ever written it all down. Once I did so, I was able to share my written vision with groups of leaders at all levels. For me, this document was the key to providing leadership that would drive a transformation.
  • The Top 3 CEO Blind Spots – this article from a few years back uses data from thousands of team assessments to point out areas where CEOs’ perceptions of their teams differ from how the teams see themselves. For example, while 92% of CEOs believe their team is on board with key strategies, only 2% of teams list the same top strategic priorities. I see this alignment problem as the result of the innate insulation of the CEO role. It takes intention and energy to push through and engage with leaders at all levels, to communicate powerfully, and to have the needed two-way conversations. The outcome will be strategic alignment, where everyone is focused on and committed to achieving a shared vision.
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