Les McKeown is the President & CEO of Predictable Success
. He has has started over 40 companies in his own right, and was the founding partner of an incubation consulting company that advised on the creation and growth of hundreds more organizations worldwide.
Since relocating from his native Ireland to the US in 1998, Les advises CEOs and senior leaders of organizations on how to achieve scalable, sustainable growth. His clients range from large family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies, and include Harvard University, American Express, T-Mobile, United Technologies, Pella Corporation, The US Army, Microsoft and the NSA.
Based in Marblehead MA, Les now spends his time consulting, writing, teaching, and speaking. Les has appeared on CNN, ABC, BBC, Inc, Entrepreneur magazine, USA Today and The New York Times.
Les took time from his very busy schedule to conduct a telephone interview with me. He discusses the seven stages of Predictable Success and the importance of understanding each stage of business growth.
The 32 minute interview was a lot of fun for me and so informative that I thought it best to share with you.
Earlier this year LinkedIn Groups added a few new features. One is the the ability to receive email alerts to new postings. The other is the addition of top Influencer of the Week. Per the LinkedIn blog: ”the new groups interface introduces an easy way to discover participants who truly drive the activity of the group’s discussions each week by highlighting them as “top influencers”. This designation is given not only to those who contribute the most, but also to those whose contributions stimulate the most participation from other group members.”
I love the top influencer feature on LinkedIn and I started thinking about who my top blogging influencers are. Here are my top three:
- Gini Dietrich
Spin Sucks – In my opinion, Gini Dietrich, Founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich is a social media guru. Gini helped me and COMPUTER EXPLORERS understand the importance of social media. She was patient and mentored us as we started using the various platforms. She started us in the right direction of what platforms to engage, who to follow and worked closely with me to develop a social media tool kit for COMPUTER EXPLORERS. Gini posts daily to Spin Sucks and most days has a guest blogger. Her content is written in a conversational tone and she doesn’t hesitate to be controversial. In fact, she encourages it! Her blogs receive outstanding traffic and readers consistently leave comments. I not only learn something from the content Gini posts but often from those who leave comments!
- Les McKeown
Predictable Success – Les McKeown, President & CEO is also the author of the book Predictable Success. His book focuses on the evolution of a business and how and why some succeed and some do not. The best part of owning the book is the access to book-owners-only resources! I will admit I just logged on this week and I’m not sure what took me so long. Les believes it is a continued journey to be successful. I believe that if you subscribe to his blog he will coach you along the way. His podcasts, videos and postings provide a road map to follow on accountability, goal-setting, management tips and so much more!
- Laura Graham Leonard
In My Court – Laura Graham Leonard, a local COMPUTER EXPLORERS owner writes: “A marketing activity a day keeps the creditors away. Or the ball is in my court – what am I going to do about it?” Early November Laura decided that her business growth was dependent on her marketing efforts. She committed to conducting at least one marketing effort a day and journaling her efforts until Christmas. She says that by blogging her activities daily she would be forced to focus on marketing each day and she would not be able “to hide under the bed until the economy improves.” For the most part Laura has been diligent about journaling and more importantly marketing. I’ve followed her blog reading about her challenges and successes. Christmas has arrived and I’m not surprised that she is busy with her family and taking a well deserved break. She may not be blogging but I have found her on LinkedIn and contributing to discussions. I decided to follow in Laura’s footsteps and try blogging daily for one entire week. I hope to manage my time and continue blogging through the New Year.
Who were your top influencers in 2010?
Easier Said Than Done
As a leader there are some weeks and decisions that are tougher than others. It’s part of the job. It’s not easy and if it were then anyone could fill the role. Wanting to please everyone is a good goal but it’s not achievable (although I will continue to try).
Believing that most will understand ”it’s business, it’s not personal” is unrealistic since we are individuals with strong personalities and feelings.
So what does one do after one of those particularly tough weeks?
Les McKeown, Predictable Success Blog says:
Take the day off. You’re at your best when you’re fresh. You know it; everyone else knows it. So why are you ‘on’ 24/7? Rest, my friend. Your followers need it.
So that’s what I will do. Unplug and take the day off and re-energize.
Thanks Les, maybe now I will have time to read Predictable Success.