Welcome to the Classic Rock Leadership blog. Author Brian Roberts combined two of his passions…classic rock music and serving as a Trusted Advisor to CEOs and business leaders. He uses titles and lyrics of classic rock songs and weaves in a valuable business or leadership lesson including real world stories either he or his CEO clients have experienced.
Brian has also added a fun fact (or “riff” as he calls it), on the selected song and has also included a link to the band’s website, another to their Wikipedia page, and a third link with a YouTube video of the song for your listening pleasure.
So enjoy the tunes and the stories, and GET YOUR BUSINESS ROCKIN’!
About the Author
Brian Roberts is CEO of Croix Connect, and he provides trusted advisory services (“CEO Whisperer”) to CEOs of businesses ranging from $2M-100M in revenue. He also serves as an Executive Peer Group Chair for Vistage Worldwide, where he provides meeting facilitation of groups comprised of 12-15 CEOs in addition to individual coaching of these great leaders. Brian has three Vistage groups in the Washington DC and Baltimore markets as well as individual clients, totaling over 45 executives that he inspires each month! He’s hoping this blog will inspire a wider audience.
Brian served in the Air Force, and had a stint at the White House Communications Agency. In addition to many executive roles with telecom and dot com companies in the 90s before starting Croix Connect, Brian also hosted a business oriented radio show for three years on (then) ABC-owned WMAL in Washington DC, interviewing local business leaders as well as nationally known executives including Carly Fiorina and former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill.
- Every CEO’s nightmare is watching profits turn from black to red. Your company was once at the top of the market, raking in the cash. Now it’s losing money, and you’re trying to get back on track. The struggle to stay in the black reminds me of AC/DC’s …Read More »
- There are many reasons that may make you feel like throwing in the towel. Sometimes the market may not be where you want it to be. Other times your product or service may not be where you had intended, so you get anxious or a little unsure. The first thing …Read More »
- With all of the CEOs I’ve worked with, one of the biggest challenges they face is themselves. In other words, they get in their own way and micromanage their teams. It’s a hard habit to break since they are used to handling so many responsibilities when they first started the …Read More »
- “You’re not the same person I interviewed!” “Who are you, and what did you do with him/her?” This is a painful situation for a CEO. You’ve had a big hole in your executive team, you find someone you think is the answer to all of your problems, and it happens. …Read More »
- As much as we don’t like to admit it, setbacks are unavoidable in business. But what really makes the difference is not whether we encounter failures – because we all do – it’s how we respond to them. The experience of a setback in business reminds me of the Journey …Read More »
- What does it take to be a championship team? There’s not just one secret trait to success. The rock band Queen’s lyrics to We Are The Champions hit on a few: I’ve paid my dues / time after time I’ve done my sentence / But committed no crime Training: If …Read More »
- I’ve met many people – including CEOs and other top executives – who seem to live in the past. Whether it’s regretting a mistake or wishing for the way things used to be, it’s a negative source of energy that will drain you and your company. Mistakes happen, but we …Read More »
- When you first onboard a new customer, you immediately enter the honeymoon period. You’re thrilled to be working with them, and they’re thrilled to have your services. You go above and beyond to make them happy. After a few months or even years, the honeymoon period is over and you …Read More »
- CEOs are dreamers who took a small idea and turned it into something huge. It can be as simple as starting a boutique marketing agency, or expanding your services across seas. “Dream on Dream until your dreams come true” — Aerosmith, “Dream On” Visualize success There’s no better song that …Read More »