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Peter Johnson is the director of the Westgate Center for Leadership and Management Development and the Institute for Family Business in the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific. He can be reached at 209-946- 3912 or peterjohnson@pacific.edu.

Are you really spending your time wisely?

Several years ago I was helping a CEO and his management team create a succession plan for their family business. In one session, the CEO shared a concern with his…

What are you prepared to do for success?

What are you prepared to do for success?

Recently I was watching the movie, “The Untouchables,” and there is a scene where Elliot Ness is frustrated because he is being outplayed by Al Capone. He is unable to…

Winners look for chances to excel

Winners look for chances to excel

Recently I was chatting with a friend who I think leads a balanced life. She shared that life was great, so I asked her why she thought she was enjoying…

What’s your personal definition of success?

Let me start off the new year with a few questions for you. How was 2016? In which ways were you successful? What goals did you achieve? Where could you…

Leadership and change begin locally

As I write this article, 12 days have passed since the election. A large percentage of the U.S. population is in a state of disbelief and shock. For some, this…

Real leaders take personal responsibility

Real leaders take personal responsibility

I was talking with my son one morning about a grade he was getting in one of his classes. He always earned A’s in math but was now getting a…

Greater expectations for our leaders

Greater expectations for our leaders

For more than 200 years, the United States has been considered one of the greatest countries on earth by any number of measurements. This has been accomplished by having great…

Why it’s important to invest in your team

Why it’s important to invest in your team

Last month, while speaking to a group of managers, the CEO of the organization presented me with a question that I am frequently asked: “How do you build team performance?”…

How much do you value your employees?

Years ago someone much smarter than I taught me that if you want to understand what is really important to an organization look at how it spends its time and…

Three steps to build a strong family business

Three steps to build a strong family business

Over the next several months I plan to focus my column solely on family businesses. Family-owned or controlled businesses account for more than 80 percent of all U.S. businesses. The…

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