Ever since Machiavelli first advised a young prince, leaders have
sought the counsel of outsiders. After all, it’s lonely at the top. At
many small companies, chief executives are the only people who truly
understand their organizations, and every major decision falls on their
shoulders. And since the CEO is the one who signs the paychecks, it’s
tough to find employees brave enough to provide honest feedback.
Seventeenth-century merchants turned to "cunning men," or wizards, for
guidance; entrepreneurs today turn to their more modern counterparts:
executive coaches. Click image at left to read.