Learn to develop leaders, teams, and organizations that perform to their potential.

key to operating Success in a Crisis

By Danielle Iera

With baby boomers entering their last stages, Private Equity invested in senior residences ahead of the certain increase in demand as an aging population would surely seek community, comfort, support, and safety from communal living. COVID-19 changed the calculus overnight. WeWork and Airbnb represent two more niches that are forever changed…as are many more. The … Continue reading key to operating Success in a Crisis


By Ian Sander

With COVID-19 driving so many to work remotely, we want to share tips and best practices collected from having worked remotely almost exclusively over the past few years as well as from recent research. Our goal is to maintain high performance for members of our community while fostering safe, productive, and sustainable working conditions for … Continue reading WORK FROM HOME PRACTICES THAT WORK

The importance of executive leadership team meetings and how to run them

By Eric Palmer

Executive Leadership Team meetings are critical to a business achieving scale. Even with infinite grit, determination, drive, and brilliance, leadership responsibilities must eventually be assigned such that a system to keep things coming together for collective leadership attention is required.

Tips to consultants helping organization leaders create THEIR WHAT-WHO-WHY

By Eric Palmer

Before leaders set out to change their organization, it helps to be ready to change. To get ready to change, leaders should be clear about their organization as it currently exists. A good place for them to start is with their organization’s purpose. The purpose of an organization is to solve a problem for a … Continue reading Tips to consultants helping organization leaders create THEIR WHAT-WHO-WHY

Long-time IntelliVen Client Enrolls Five Teams in Exclusive Manage to Lead Immersion Program Cohort

By Peter DiGiammarino

A Washington DC based management consulting firm that helps organizations experiencing disruption to set their strategy and then align their culture with that strategy to achieve breakthrough performance improvement has chosen Manage to Lead as a foundational component of their leadership development and client delivery methodology.

Former student named one of 100 fastest growing inner-city businesses

By Peter DiGiammarino

We are humbled and honored to be a part of Pete Merzbacher’s journey and for his kind words towards me and the IntelliVen team.

How to get a rogue team member back on board without drama or disruption

By Peter DiGiammarino

Every leader eventually finds they have a toxic executive team member who behaves poorly, spreads discontent, or otherwise goes off track and holds the core leadership team, and the organization, hostage indefinitely.  As the leader, it is up to you to do something, but you avoid confronting the offender perhaps because you are averse to … Continue reading How to get a rogue team member back on board without drama or disruption

Case Study: Cracking the Execution Code at Compusearch Software Systems

By Peter DiGiammarino

Compusearch had always been an innovative company but operations needed to mature. Here’s the story behind how the management team, working with The Carlyle Group and IntelliVen, got clear, aligned, and grew to be sold for ~4X invested capital in 5 years.

How to increase the odds of success with a strategic acquisition or alliance

By Peter DiGiammarino

Posted 6/10/2012, Updated 9/19/2019 Most acquisitions and alliances severely underperform relative to expectations set at the time of their inception.  No matter how great they look on paper, it is always a lot harder to make things come out anywhere near where they were meant to be than it seemed at the start.  Fortunately, based … Continue reading How to increase the odds of success with a strategic acquisition or alliance

Transition Plan for CEOs

By Peter DiGiammarino

What To Do Between Your Exit and Next Position We wrote a post about how to make a graceful exit (especially when it’s involuntary) that explored what steps to take when leaving your position. This post is the follow-up that dives into how to identify, assess, and consolidate lessons learned to find the right next … Continue reading Transition Plan for CEOs

Board Power!

By Peter DiGiammarino | June 21, 2017

CEOs often fall into the trap of orchestrating meetings with their Board of Directors to: Show how great they are and how well things are going (whether they really are or not!). Avoid leaving the meeting with more to do than when it started. A great deal more value can be derived from working with … Continue reading Board Power!

At Your Service

By Peter DiGiammarino | June 3, 2017

Service business ideas are a dime-a-dozen. The question is: Which ones will be successful?” One way to find out is to implement the idea. Another is to do the math before taking even the first step. Watch this comic scene from Opportunity Knocks in which a businessman uses careful logic as he stumbles into a … Continue reading At Your Service

Equity Rules

By Peter DiGiammarino | April 6, 2017

One of the hardest things for an owner/founder/operator to do is motivate others to perform and grow to their full potential. Watch how the  pride and endurance of a race horse transforms a struggling team into winners in this inspiring scene from Seabiscuit. Equity models are strategic because: “Who gets What” defines “Who You Are!”  That is, the … Continue reading Equity Rules


By Peter DiGiammarino | March 24, 2017

You have a vision of what you want your organization to be but you do not know how to make it happen. The problem may be lack of capital, or you are consumed with the “every day”, or your team is not stepping up. The challenge is to find your organization’s constraint to growth and then to relieve that … Continue reading DO-SELL-GROW

Profits Interest vs Options

By Peter DiGiammarino | November 30, 2016

Do you wonder what is the easiest, least expensive, and most flexible approach an owner/founder/operator can use to attract and motivate top talent? This post introduces Mark C Bronfman’s article on using Profits Interests vs Options to install simple, flexible, and highly effective executive incentive plans. Profits Interest and why we need it Founders who still … Continue reading Profits Interest vs Options

How a new skill becomes core to leadership.

By Peter DiGiammarino | October 22, 2016

A new competence integrates into leadership skill sets in a three-stage sequence. It was true for Information Technology (IT) over the past 60 years and it is proving true again for Organization Development (OD).  (Excerpted from the Get Loose Chapter of “Manage to Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change The World”) A new competence … Continue reading How a new skill becomes core to leadership.

How to develop leaders, teams, and organizations that perform to their potential.

By Peter DiGiammarino | September 19, 2016

If you’ve been in charge for a while and it feels like performance and growth are not where you want them to be, you probably know that you are likely headed in the wrong direction. Every leader, team, and organization eventually hits an inflection point. There IS a solution. The first step is to take … Continue reading How to develop leaders, teams, and organizations that perform to their potential.

How leaders can save civilization.

By Peter DiGiammarino | August 23, 2016

Introducing Co-Leadership Co-operative leadership, or co-leadership, is when two or more leaders deploy their individual great strengths as a collective whole in pursuit of a common goal. Co-leadership can cause an organization to experience extraordinary results, in a short time, and at low cost. The Next Evolutionary Leadership Stage that Could Save Our Planet This IntelliVen insight … Continue reading How leaders can save civilization.

Four Kinds of Help

By Peter DiGiammarino | July 11, 2016

When it is time to start planning  but the top team is maxed-out just keeping up with operations, outside help may be just the thing. But what kind of help is best to get? Keep in mind that there are four types of help. Here is a guide you can use to decide which is right … Continue reading Four Kinds of Help

Do we ask a potential hire what their parents told them when they spilled milk?

By Peter DiGiammarino | May 25, 2016

It wasn’t Sigmund Freud, but the 19th century poet William Wordsworth who said, “The child is the father of man.“ But Freud, of course, would have agreed in that he argued that most, if not all, of the foundation for who we are as adults is cast in the first five years. So, what are we to make of this? … Continue reading Do we ask a potential hire what their parents told them when they spilled milk?

A Blueprint for Entering CEOs

By Peter DiGiammarino | April 30, 2016

CEO transitions into organizations are not easy. How long CEOs last and the frequency with which their own, and their Board’s, expectations are met have been studied in academia and well reported in the media. The results are stunning. Two out of five incoming CEOs fail to meet their objectives in the first 18 months. Even … Continue reading A Blueprint for Entering CEOs

What to do when the hiring manager says: “Name your terms!”

By Peter DiGiammarino | April 13, 2016

“What will it take to hire you?” These words may be music to your ears, but how you respond makes a big difference. Take your time, collect your thoughts, and follow these seven tips to make the most of the opportunity: Decide you want the job. Make sure you like what the organization does and that … Continue reading What to do when the hiring manager says: “Name your terms!”