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In my conversations with many CEOs and business owners, I find that there is a distinct correlation between those who make bold moves in their business, and those who achieve their objectives (read more about having clear objectives here). Steve Jobs made bold moves and revolutionized how we listen to and purchase music today; John Antioco (former CEO of Blockbuster) did not.

We all equally learn to make bold moves as a child – our first step, first bike ride, first time driving a car. But somewhere along the line many of us seem to digress into making fewer and fewer “bold moves,” learning instead to play it safe and slow down, rather than speed up and take bold action.

I’ve got news for you:



Do you make bold moves? Is your company moving forward in new and bold ways?

Here are some examples of bold moves that successful CEOs I’ve met consistently take:

  • Enter a new market with a product or service that’s not yet fully proven.
  • Merge or acquire with another company to capture more market share.
  • Moving to self-managed teams to eliminate bureaucracy and improve productivity.
  • Make rapid and profound changes to existing products or services based on customer feedback.
  • Quickly eliminate or displace anyone who doesn’t support making bold moves.

To be bold doesn’t take nerve, it simply requires that we return to having an insatiable appetite for new ideas, rapid action and new levels of success.

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