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Learn from Fortune 500 Companies CEOs, Get ahead, Stay ahead!

2018 is coming.  Reviewing our records, I noticed another well-known Fortune 500 companies CEO opened “Take Your Leadership to Level 5 to Achieve a Greater 2017!!” 15 times a few days before he retired.  This has become a phenomenon in the past a fewer years– whenever a well-known Fortune 500 companies CEO suddenly reads our newsletters a lot, it usually means the CEO is in “hot water,” and soon would “retire” and disappear.  In 2014, Fortune 1000 Company CEO Replacement, Man: Woman = 252:1.

Most Fortune 500 companies CEOs desire to go from Good to Great.   While it is not easy to get ahead, it can be harder to stay ahead.   When a person achieves more, his or her self- monitoring system often turns loose instead of becoming stronger.   The “yes” men and applauds around them usually speed up the decline: some stop updating self and miss new opportunities.  Some make unwise investments and lose.   Some are trapped in their own “Proxies” and lays of structure and lose velocity.  Some become arrogant and abusive towards others and are forced out of office…   These happen not only to Fortune 500 companies CEOs, but many others, including a well-known leader in innovation.

Some of these Fortune 500 companies CEOs have made their companies the leader in their industry while others have kept their company the leader.  Some have brought their companies to Fortune 500.  Some of the Fortune 500 companies CEOs have brought their businesses back to Fortune 10. They could have enjoyed their work more had they refreshed their self-monitoring system on time and stayed updated.  They could have continued to make more differences had they built sufficient resilience ahead of time and update others parts (unlike other skills, it is often hard to build resilience during the storm as setbacks and failures can shut down human mind and body).

While some CEOs stop improving themselves, the world never stop changing, and some changes come at an experiential rate.  How the 10 most valuable companies change in the U.S. in the past 100 years reflects the worldwide change.

Talent like the Fortune 500 companies CEOs are precious.   Fast replacement is not the best way to achieve lasting growth.  Instead, business should choose their CEOs with the right tools and support them to build level 5 leadership or enduring greatness.  It breaks my heart to see them disappear.  What these Fortune 500 companies CEOs need is to strengthen self-monitoring system, build resilience, and update other parts AHEAD OF TIME, which is called “Stay Ahead.”   Do those Fortune 500 companies CEOs know the necessity?  Yes.   However, they think that is someone else’s issue until it is too late.   This is a typical “intractable issue” within us.  I have been there, too, which is why “stay ahead” is included in the first and last practice classes of our Level 5 leadership curriculum and the book What Stops Leaders from Good to Great.

  • Have you conquered a lot in the past a few years?
  • Do people applaud for you often?
  • Do you feel like you have the answer for everything?

It is time to evaluate your self-monitoring system, resilience, associated parts, and build Level 5 leadership style to stay ahead.  The technology has helped many other executives get ahead and stay ahead.  Will the technology help you as well?  Try the Mini Leadership Quiz or join the next webinar.

I love to hear your feedback. Please share the lesson from the Fortune 500 companies CEOs with your friends.

About the Author
Bin Yang is a global CEO adviser, Dr. Leadership, and the Managing Director of The Prince Synergy (, a leading consulting firm that focuses on building exceptional leaders and optimizing top team performance, and solves the hardest issues that no one else can.  She authored What Stop Leaders from Good to Great, Take Your Leadership to Level Five.  For more information or to schedule an interview, lecture or appointment, please contact us at 310-668-1828.


Minimize “Early Retirement,” Get Ahead, Stay Ahead with The Prince Synergy!

Recently, we have noticed one more “Early Retirement”– another Fortune 500 CEO reviewed our newsletters on how to beat setbacks and failures over and over before his company was acquired.  It has become a phenomenon in the past two years.  Whenever a CEO suddenly read our newsletters a lot, it usually means that the person is in “hot water” and will soon “retire” or disappear.

Like Ms. Yang, our Founder, said, “It hurts me to see great leaders fade away while many of their issues are AVOIDABLE, TREATABLE, and have FAST solutions.  Hundreds, thousands or millions of employees and associated families will be impacted.  To watch those in the making is even more heart-breaking.”

In fact, we can minimize the “Early Retirement” and Learn from Former Fortune 500 CEOs, Get ahead, and Stay ahead! Most challenges in leadership and performance are due to human nature and constant changes as well as partial tools that have limited power outside of IQ, EQ, and behaviors. Subsequently, fast becomes slow, complex turns into “intractable,” and avoidable grow into inevitable. “Early Retirement” is a combination of the three.

Today is No Longer Yesterday

Today, we can not only identify issues when they are small and invisible to the public but also bring results in weeks or days instead of years or months in many cases.  On the other hand, most leaders just need to update a few small pieces of software as they already finished significant professional development, which is another reason for fast results.

  • Is it worth to “retire early” when issues are AVOIDABLE, TREATABLE, and have FAST solutions?
  • Would it be better to identify issues when they are small and invisible to the public and take early action?
  • Is it greater to use the right tools outside of traditional IQ, EQ, behavior, and other areas instead of the same hampers with poor or no results?
  • Will a lot of time be saved and many dreams come true if we can achieve results in weeks or days than in years or months?
  • What will the world be if we can turn slow fast, change inevitable avoidable, and make 30-40% of “intractable” possible?

TODAY IS NO LONGER YESTERDAY!  Do not estimate 6Q’s speed and results with the ones of yesterday partial approaches, including IQ, EQ, behavior and other alone.

Join us!

Identify your “missing software” and take efficient action to achieve your goal or take your leadership to Level 5.  Individuals not only need to stay motivated, get ahead but also sustain success with the right tools.  Above all, NEVER GIVE UP before consulting The Prince Synergy even if your issue is impossible to ANYONE ELSE!!

Please contact us with your needs and concerns, share your likes and comments on social media.  Together, we can change the world for the better

The Prince Synergy Team


Identify “Missing Tools,” Strengthen Your Leadership Qualities Rapidly!

Many leaders desire to strengthen their leadership qualities rapidly, build level 5 leadership, be a great leader, or be an exceptional CEO.  However, they waste their time on symptoms.  In fact, it may only take days to identify the root causes and “missing tools” and deliver custom solutions.  A lot of time can be saved, and many dreams can come true.

Recently, a CEO from a subsidiary company of a Fortune 500 company came to us to improve his leadership qualities and conflict management.  He had over 19 years of business experiences and graduated from a top MBA. He had tried various tools for over 1 year to improve his leadership, such as DISC, MBTI and 360-degree Feedback, but only got some general advice, such as “slow down.”

In addition to his needs, the Executive 6Q Assessment found that he could induce internal conflicts and have development opportunities in innovation, independent thinking, and other areas, which also impacted his leadership qualities and conflict management.  He had no issue in business structure and operation.  We recommended two back to back group practice classes to target his root causes and build skills and styles.  Each lasts 3 days.  However, he could only take one class at a time and would only remember about 30% of the first class when he came back for the second.

Based on his learning speed and other potential, we decided to offer him “Strengthen Your Leadership & Performance Rapidly” so that he could skip the unnecessary group training and sharing, focus on custom practices, and achieve an excellent learning result.   He finished the in-person training and practices in 1.5 days, inspired, and transformed.

What Makes the 6Q Approach Unique?

Human beings need to meet challenges while keeping their body functioning.  They can either gain the ability to meet the challenges or alter the challenges with their capacity.  Thus, they need to perform well in both society (macro) and their personal world (micro).   Unlike computers, human capacity can fluctuate in change, adversity, and storm.  These make adversity Q, health Q, and public influence Q essential to leadership development.

The 6Q Approach is the integration of Business, Law and Medicine (including Psychology), evaluating how individuals meet challenges (macro) and develop new capacity (micro).  I first invented the 6Q Approach to recover myself and then perfect the system at the clinics to help patients meet challenges, handle setbacks, and get well fast.  Many patients recover quickly, including the same say, with minimum re-occurrence.

The above CEO had many leadership development needs, one of which was to optimize innovation.  He could have issues with being open to new ideas, insights, creative confidence, knowledge structure, talent type, learning, action, resilience, resources, sales, team building, etc.  Unless we can identify the “missing tools,” motivation usually will not achieve a great result.

The Executive 6Q Assessment found that the above CEO had no other issues with innovation but liked to focus on his interest, which limited his insights.  Thus, the solution was to identify the products that did not get his attention in the beginning but surprised him with their impact later.  In the meantime, we gave him more tools to embrace all trends and helped the CEO solve other issues.   He finished the in-person training and practices in 1.5 days, inspired, and transformed.

What Impedes Leadership Development?

  1. Tools
    Traditional IQ, EQ, and learning Q tools only evaluate a half of the human system, which is insufficient to handle complex issues.  Behaviors mainly reflect the 6Q structural change but have limited power to change the 6Q structure.   DISC and 360-degree Feedback that most institutions use can collect behaviors but cannot get to their root causes efficiently.   In addition, personality alone is not enough because great leaders have all kinds of personalities that MBTI can define.   A recent study by Deloitte found that only 13% institutions feel that they can produce effective leaders.  Partial tools are one big reason behind the study findings.
  2. Approaches
    Many people go to their peers or professional coaches.  The first group advise others based on their experiences, some of whom are extraordinary.  The second group often uses the behavior tools and encourages self-discovery– find the solution on your own.  Thus, the results are often limited by the tools they use.

    Through the 6Q Approach, we will explore more dimensions and depths, and, therefore, often find the solutions that no one else and achieve results in days to weeks instead of months to years.  The speed and results matter more in crisis management.   The following case can show you the difference.

Another Example: Can He Handle the Job?

Mr. B, 38, had MBA and ten years of experience at a well-known leadership consulting firm in roles from consultant to local VP.  He was promoted to Regional Manager to boost regional sales and minimize turnover.  Two months later, sales remained flat, and turnover increased.  His wife was pregnant and very unhappy as Mr. B spent a great deal of time away from home due to the new job.  He was so burned out that he was contemplating resignation when he met us.

The Executive 6Q Assessment found Mr. B was an excellent consultant with many great leadership characteristics.  However, he was weak in sales and marketing and challenged in public influence, emotional expression, and others that were insignificant to a local VP.   There was no way to improve so many quickly.   We chose to optimize his emotion expression to first take care of his family crisis and later build intimacy with clients and colleagues. Through 30 minutes of training, he learned how to share his work stress with his wife, win her understanding and support, and how to utilize the same skills to connect with clients and colleagues more deeply.  He eliminated his family problem after the 30 minutes training.  One week later, he gained more confidence with his new job and could connect with clients and colleagues more deeply.

What would happen had he gone to a coach to discover the solution on his own?  Why his leadership firm could not anticipate his leadership development needs or support him efficiently during the crisis?  Read more in What Stop Leaders from Good to Great.

How well do you do at each part?  Take a quick quiz

How to Identify the “Missing Tools” Efficiently?

Every structure and process matters when building or managing a company.   The efficient way to identify the “missing puzzle” is to evaluate each element related and then target issues with the right tools. Because not every issue has a fast solution, it is wise to anticipate leadership development needs and do what is right.

Usually, the more capacities a person has, the fewer tools they miss. However, their learning resistance may rise significantly at the same time.  It has been heartbroken for us to watch a phenomenon in the past a few years — whenever a well-known Fortune 500 CEO suddenly reads our newsletters a lot, usually, he or she is in “hot water.” Soon the CEO will “retire,”  In fact, many of them did not miss big tools.  However, they refuse to acknowledge their new development needs and could not improve self until it was too late.

The New Year is coming. 

Do you desire to strengthen your leadership qualities rapidly, go from good to great, build level 5 leadership, or be an exceptional CEO?   Look around you to see if insufficient tools are holding you and your people back.   We are here to help if you need.

Above all, DO NOT GIVE UP before consulting The Prince Synergy even if your issue is impossible to anyone else.  To read more CEO case studies and learn more about the 6Q Approach, please read What Stop Leaders from Good to Great. 

About the Author

Bin Yang is a global CEO adviser and the Managing Director of The Prince Synergy that focuses on building exceptional leaders to strengthen society.  She authored What Stop Leaders from Good to Great.  If you’d like to learn how to empower yourself beyond IQ and EQ, consider reading the life stories in the book.  Webinars, free mini assessments and group classes are also available.  For more information or to schedule an interview, lecture, or appointment, please contact 310-668-1828.


Book: What Stops Leaders from Good to Great?

Read the book that many Fortune 500 CEOs wish they have before their “retirement.”  Identify your “missing tools” to go from good to great beyond IQ. EQ and Behavior tools alone.  (3rd edition)


Many leaders work hard to go from good to great and build Level 5 leadership but have failed.  One reason is that some of them, including Fortune 500 CEOs, do not want to take their medicine when the price is low, and the result is fast.  In addition, traditional IQ. EQ and Behavior tools alone often have limited power over non-IQ and non-EQ issues and get to the root causes of their behaviors.

The author was a physician who had residencies in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry.  At clinics, she noticed that many patients went to the hospitals since they could not handle challenges outside. To help her patients find “missing tools” to meet their challenge, she perfected the 6Q Approach she initially invented to recover herself from Traumatic Brain Injury.  Many patients recovered quickly with minimum re-occurrence.

Later, while amazed by Level 5 leadership, she also discovered that top MBAs and other institutions build leaders with IQ, EQ and behavior tools alone that have limited power over non-IQ and non-EQ issues and often cannot achieve great results due to “intractable issues.”

What Stops Leaders from Good to Great will share with you what can stop leaders on their journey, including those of Humility and Will.   Then the book will demonstrate how to strengthen leadership through multiple dimensions at leader, team, culture, and system levels.  Because the book aims to build Level 5 leaders, you will read many fascinating stories how Yang identified the “missing tools” and “unexpected” solutions and help CEOs and other executives strengthen leadership rapidly.

Although the book has many topics on CEOs, the book is excellent for all levels of management personnel, including managers, and leaders of tomorrow.


Please contact us for a digital book since we have closed our Amazon account.  A word from the Author:

“I could not believe the online robbery until it attempted to victimize us.  We cannot enjoy the lower price & greater convenience at the expense of other businesses nor tolerate violation & threats. Can you?”

About the Author:

Bin Yang is the Managing Director of The Prince Synergy, a global CEO adviser and the inventor of the 6Q Approach.


Find Your Missing Tools for Motivation

To motivate others and translate strategy into action is a key to build a level 5 leader or an exceptional CEO.  However, many leaders overly use the tools for motivation as they believe “motivation” can enable a human being to overcome ANY obstacle.   In fact, they mainly use the psychological part of the motivation at a basic level.

For example, to motivate a person to meet the challenges that the person has the potential but does not know is a great way to get a job done while exciting and keeping the best.   Leadership style is one part.   To know the talent at a personal level is essential.  Without sufficient tools or the right direction, motivation alone can not only fail and delay the whole project but also lead to stress-related health issues like insomnia, burnout, heart attack and stroke.   “Can He Handle the Job?” is a good example.

The lack of in-depth knowledge about talent is one common development need among executives.  One root cause is that IQ, EQ, behaviors, and personality are not enough to know talent.  Below is a comparison between traditional piecemeal approaches and the 6Q Approach.

In addition, studies found that workplace stress is also #1 cause of turnover.   Turnover and healthcare costs both contribute to human capital costs.   How well do you know your talent?   Take a free Mini Leadership Assessment.


Join Us, Minimize the “Intractable Issues” in Leadership & Top Team Performance!


Many issues in leadership, team building and health are “intractable” because they involve the entire 6Q system, and IQ, EQ and behavior tools alone cannot solve the complex issues. This is also why only 13% of companies can build effective global leaders, today’s healthcare costs are skyrocketing, and many dreams cannot com etrue.

This video will show you how complex becomes “intractable” and what you can change around you, within you, be an exceptional leader, and build a high-performing team.

Video Transcript:

Welcome to The Prince Synergy! Today our topic is “Join Us, Minimize the “Intractable Issues” in Leadership & Top Team Performance, and Change the world for the better!”

In fact, many “intractable issues” are not truly intractable, whether to solve a medical disaster or build exceptional leaders and CEOs.   Let me first tell you about my background.  I went to medical school because of my parents although I was passionate about business and Law.  Later I realized this background combination was my blessing.

First in medicine. Many people go to the hospital because they have a hard time handling challenges outside and then developed stress-related health issues or worsen existing ones.  Some of them are highly motivated.  The best way to help them is not just to relieve their symptoms, but find the missing tools they need to meet their challenges and make learning easy and fast.  Then their health issues will not reoccur easily.  That was how I invented the 6Q approach.  Individuals not only have IQ, EQ but also Learning Q, Adversity Q, Public influence Q and Health Q.  All 6Qs are connected.

A few years ago, I heard about level five leadership and was excited to learn more.  However, to my surprise, I found that top MBAs and other institutions build leaders with IQ, EQ and behavior tools alone.   Although behaviors can reflect the 6Q system, one behavior can have several underlying structures.  Later Learning Q was added.  However, issues at the top are often complex, involving the whole 6Q system, for example, how to know your talent deeply, take the risk, manage conflicts, and handle setbacks, which are critical to building exceptional leaders and CEOs.  Because complex issues often involve the whole 6Q system, IQ, EQ, and behavior tool alone can make complex problems “intractable.”  Through the 6Q approach, we can locate the development needs precisely, make learning easy and fast and target issues with the right tools.  Thus, we often can save significant time and find efficient solutions to many “intractable issues.”   You can find many case studies on our website.

In general, many issues are “intractable ” due to improper tools, and therefore, a lot of time, money, opportunities and lives could have been saved.  For example,

  • Some years of leadership development can be completed in months or less if we can identify the root causes and use the right tools.
  • Leaders tend to overuse the tool of motivation.  Many patients at the hospitals can tell them that motivation alone DOES NOT have unlimited power. They also need the right direction and tools.
  • How to handle setbacks and failures or build resilience is critical to risk-taking, daily success and long-term success.  This issue has been one of the hardest to business.  However, with the right tools, we can not only build resilience but also build it ahead of time.

Building exceptional leaders and CEOs is the most efficient way to empower millions at one time, which is why we are passionate about minimizing “Intractable Issues” in leadership & top team performance.  However, we cannot achieve the big task by ourselves; therefore, we ask you to join us and minimize the  “Intractable Issues” with us.

You may wonder how.

  1. From now on, whenever you see someone is struggling too hard or in dismay, or hear someone telling you that so-and-so issue is impossible, ask yourself, “is the issue truly impossible?  Are they using all the right tools? “
  2. Empower yourself, so you can provide solutions.  There are free quizzes, webinars, group classes, private coaching and consultation at our website.  We also help you use the resources outside wisely so that you can minimize “intractable issues” around you, within you, be an exceptional leader and build a high performing team.
    before you consult The Prince Synergy even if your challenge is impossible to anyone else.  In addition, we pay 10% for each referral, 30% for “impossible” to the top 5 firms in the world.

To change the world for the better, we need every leader to join us and minimize “intractable issues” with us.  This is also a part of our building Level 5 leaders and exceptional CEOs.   Thank you!!

Speaker:  Bin Yang, Managing Director


2014 Fortune 1000 Companies CEO Replacement, Man: Woman = 252:1

Los Angeles, CA Dec. 4th, 2014– The Prince Synergy ( announces its latest studies on CEO Replacement at Fortune 1000 Companies in 2014.   Among 253 Fortune 1000 Companies CEO replacements, man: woman= 252:1.  The departure rate for men is 252/947=26.61% and women 1/53=1.87%.  The most common placement is departure.  Women held 46 CEO positions at Fortune 1000 in 2013 and 53 in 2014.

When asked the significance of the studies, Bin Yang, the Managing Director at The Prince Synergy, said, “Fast CEO Replacement is inefficient for Fortune 1000 Companies to achieve lasting growth.  Today’s technologies can anticipate development needs,  seed of early decline  and others long before 360 degree.  Instead, businesses should choose the right CEOs with the right tools and empower their CEOs to take charge of strategy execution, speed, and costs, which is win-win.”

The top priorities for CEO are to keep their vision and power up-to-date, so they can react to shocks and capture opportunities efficiently.   And the first step is to stay open.  However, only 17.92% of the replaced group opens The Prince Synergy newsletters while 63.89% of women CEOs do.  Some Fortune 1000 Companies CEOs rely on their executive assistants who delete every mail.   Compared to men, women Fortune 1000 Companies CEOs tend to carry more loads and meet higher standards at work and in life.

About 30-40% of intractable business issues are due to traditional IQ, EQ or behavior approaches because each person has 6Q.  CEOs can leverage their human capital more efficiently with the right tools, for example, how to maximize leadership efficiency, manage conflicts, use the right people, and build smart systems.  The latest tools utilize the 6Q multi-tasking talent model and the 6Q Approach.  As competitions intensify, vision, speed and results determine the rise and fall of the Fortune 1000 Companies CEOs and businesses.

About The Prince Synergy:

The Prince Synergy ( is a leading consulting firm that takes leadership from good to great and solve the hardest issues that no one else can.  We help leaders build long-term social and economic value in the world with increasing uncertainty and complexity. For more info, or to schedule an interview, lecture, or appointment, please contact, or 310-668-1828.

Do you have the right tools to meet challenges and stay ahead of changes?  Take a short Leadership Tool Quiz.


from PwC CEO Study to How to Focus on the Long Term, Go from Good to Great

Executive Summary:

Not every leader and elite has what they “should.”  The article will explore PwC CEO Study and use how to focus on the big picture and focus on the long term as an example to demonstrate how to be a CEO and go from good to great efficiently.   A webinar and a mini assessment are available for hands-on experiences.

Recently, PwC released its 2016 CEO study–17 years CEO succession analysis at the world’s largest 2,500 public companies.  It is sad to see such a high CEO replacement number, especially the increase in CEO dismissals for ethical lapses from 3.9% in 2007-2011 to 5.3% in 2012-2016—a 36% increase.

Do more CEOs lack integrity?  Not likely.  Media spread is one issue.  Unable to take early action is another.  In fact, we can reduce the second cause by catching many development needs of CEOs before “the 360-degree evaluation.” When CEOs can take early action, businesses can also achieve more via management continuity, which is what we have found in our 2014 Fortune 1000 CEO study.

Traditional approaches are mainly behavior summary plus IQ and EQ tools.  However, each person is an integrated 6Q system, and IQ and EQ issues can have non-IQ and non-EQ causes.  Behaviors can reflect the underlying 6Q structure, but cannot make it.    Without knowing the rest of the system, it is hard to get to the root causes, anticipate the development needs, and take the right action.  Some leaders are genius in reading people.  They are the exceptions here..

Know Yourself Ahead

Many executives desire go from good to great, develop level five leadership or become an exceptional CEO.  To know self is the first step.  By evaluating 6Q, CEOs can know themselves deeper, broader and take effective action.

The first two items define if the CEO can be good.  The rest determine if they can be great, to build enduring greatness, develop level five leadership, or become an exceptional CEO. These are an executive’s baseline.   Once the goal is clear, we can anticipate or valuate the gaps (development needs of a leader) and potential issues, solutions, alternatives, costs, etc.

How to Be a CEO Efficiently? 

Each step involves many underground works.  To focus on the big picture and focus on the long term is the first step to how to be a CEO, go from good to great, and develop level five leadership. Let’s explore what can cause CEOs to “miss the big picture” and how to manage efficiently.
How do you do in key areas?  Let’s take a quick assessment. 

1. Focus on the Big Picture, Focus on the Long Term

How well a person can focus on the big picture and focus on the long term is determined by its structure, execution, sustainability and more.

– Have a Good Structure 

Franklin Roosevelt and Steve Job were leaders in their fields.  Could they switch industries?   Most people can understand the technical foundation, such as talent type, knowledge base, experiences, and decision-making, but miss another piece.

A healthy Ego is critical for leaders not to hunger for applauding and make independent decisions that may take years to get results, for example, Franklin Roosevelt in the World War II.  A person with a healthy Ego has no problems to admit his or her errors and learn from the mistakes.  A healthy Ego is also necessary for leaders to be fair to others and win hearts and minds.  Without a healthy Ego, executives may be able to tell an ass kisser from a praiser and know what is right for the enterprise but still choose the ass kisser to satisfy their Ego.   Some may think they can steal, rob and destroy their competitors and then silence the competitors with threats.  In fact, these people are digging a grave for their Day One!!  Humility is only one reflection of a healthy Ego.

By knowing their talent type, knowledge base, and experiences, leaders can choose their right direction and action.   By strengthening the health of their Ego, leaders can develop many positive behaviors while eliminating negative ones and focus on the big picture naturally.  “Missing the big picture” is only a behavior or a result, not the root causes.  However, many institutions waste their time on secondary behaviors.  

– Sustainability

A right structure is only basic.  As time passes, CEOs can succeed and fail, which can inflate or deflate leaders’ Ego.  Some executives can over estimate self, disrespect others, and make unwise investments.  Some think they can steal, rob, destroy and then silence competitors.  In fact, these people are digging a grave for their Day One!! Some can become depressive, lose work efficiency, and leave a job undone.  Other events can challenge executives as well.  For example, Peter Drucker was so sad after he lost his mother that he did not return his clients’ call.  Later it took him 3 years to get those clients back.

In the meantime, as disruptions and changes can come from all directions at an exponential rate, new challenges can exceed CEOs’ current capacity or disable then.  Then issues that can impact their learning or adjustment will step in, for example, talent type, personal interest, knowledge base, resources, etc.  Setbacks and failures can shut down leaders’ mind and body.

Sustainability is essential for a CEO to go from good to great and develop level five leadership. Resilience is also needed for daily negotiation, innovation, etc.  By knowing self ahead, CEOs can take custom training and save time and effort.  To be cool in the storm also makes great bosses unforgettable.  Unfortunately, many Fortune 500 CEOs only think of us when they are in “hot water,” which is heartbreaking to me.

Do you know yourself deeply?  Take a quick assessment. 

– Strategy, Innovation & More
Can the institutional focus, industrial insights, and resilience guarantee success?  Not always.  Japanese are well-known for the three.   Still, many of them fail since they do not compete with strategy but imitate one another and cut down their own profit.  How Japanese compete has a lot to do with their culture that encourages obedience and loyalty, not autonomy and innovation.

On the other hand, the same culture system also builds a broad knowledge foundation that Western Culture fails to do.  By knowing an executive deeply, we can evaluate the negative impact of their culture, identify the missing segments of their innovation and strategy, and maximize their success.

2. The Other Steps

To focus on the big picture and focus on the long term is only the first step to how to be a CEO, go from good to great, or develop level five leadership.   To convert their vision into effective action, team performance management is essential.  In the past 3 years, we have studied what fails leadership development and stops leaders from developing level five leadership among fortune 1000 companies and other large institutions.   Many CEOs and executives show the following leadership development needs:

Most of the above require more than IQ and EQ to handle.  Unfortunately, most leadership development programs mainly offer IQ and EQ tools, and some programs focus on secondary behaviors.

Speed and Results Matter!

Not every leader has what they “should.”   However, they can still go from good to great if they can identify their “missing software” and take early action or the right action.   By getting to the root causes with the right tools, we often can be at least 50% faster that others, which have saved many dreams.

Can He Handle the Job” is a good example.   An executive at leadership consulting firm was promoted to a regional manager and almost resigned 2 months later because of business and family crises.  The Assessment found that he had too many development needs of a leader that to fulfill at that time.  Thus, I chose to improve his emotional expression to eliminate his family crisis so that he could focus on his new job.   He did, through a 30-minute learning, which saved his job and the region.

How to be a CEO is the beginning.   The sooner the CEO knows “How to Be an Exceptional CEO,” the better the person can prepare self for lasting growth with the right tools instead of IQ, EQ and behavior tools alone that McKinsey and others use.   “Should a CEO be Charming” is another challenge on the journey of how to be a CEO.

Catch Development Needs before 360 Degree Evaluation 

The 360-Degree Evaluation is a great tool to closes the gaps between individual self-awareness and objective reality.  The observation starts AFTER someone gets on the spot.  However, what is on the surface is not equal to the root causes and the issues beneath, not to mention those that will emerge in new environments.    

The Executive 6Q Assessment is designed to catch the development needs of a leader at different stages, like MRI, recommend action accordingly, and make learning easy and fast.  We evaluate every talent element even they are “insignificant” today.  By knowing self well ahead, CEOs can be ready for the future, be highly effective in turbulence, and hopefully, develop level five leadership.   When CEOs can go from good to great, businesses and society can also achieve more through management continuity, which is why we are enthusiastic about how to be a CEO and build level five leadership.

Furthermore, because the 6Q data is good for two years in the absence of significant events, we can assist executives with their next challenge thousands of miles away.  Will there be gaps between anticipation and reality?  Yes, no one can anticipate everything in the world no matter how hard they try.  Thus, the two assessments can be a great synergy.

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PwC CEO study reviews that CEOs face increasing complexity, uncertainty and storm.   Although not every leader has what they “should,” today is not their tomorrow as they can develop what is needed.  This is why today’ direction and power cannot define a good leader and a great one; without the right underlying structure, today’s glory cannot last

On the other hand, no one is designed for every challenge, and not all issues have fast solution.  Thus, it is critical to know CEOs’ all 6Q instead of IQ, EQ and behavior alone ahead of time, and take early action, from the focus on the big picture, focus on the long term, to team performance management.  When CEOs can go from good to great, businesses will also get to the next level, and society can also prosper.

In the meantime, a leader should not just focus on how to be a CEO, but how to be an exceptional CEO.  The sooner the leader know the gap, the better the leader can prepare self for lasting growth with the right tools instead of IQ, EQ and behavior tools alone.  That is what set us apart from McKinsey and others.  How to be a CEO is about not only a CEO, but also a team and a society that a company serves.   To build great CEOs is one of our efficient ways to bring productivity and happiness to the world, which is our mission and vision.

About the Author 

Bin Yang is a global CEO adviser and the Managing Director of The Prince Synergy, a leading consulting firm that focuses on building exceptional leaders to strengthen society.  She authored What Stop Leaders from Good to Great,” Go from Good to Great Efficiently.  If you’d like to learn how to empower yourself beyond IQ and EQ, consider reading the life stories in the book.  Webinars, free mini assessments and group and individual solutions are also available.  For more information or to schedule an interview, lecture, or appointment, please contact 310-668-1828.


Can You Tell an Ass Kisser from a Praiser?

It may not be hard to tell the difference but can be difficult to choose the right one.   The answer reflects the health of a leader’s Ego that can affect many aspects of his or her leadership— vision, image, power, stability, etc.   To take leadership to Level 5, it is essential for leaders to focus on the big picture than personal benefits, so they can make independent decision, open to new ideas, be fair to others, etc.   Jim Colin’s humility reflects of a healthy Ego that can make the focus nature.    It wastes time work on secondary behaviors.

On the other hand, it challenges many leaders to tell an ass kisser from a praiser or know talent at a personal level, not to mention to utilize an ass kisser.  The Executive 6Q Assessment helps leaders scan their development needs and use the right people.

What Can Impact on the Health of the Ego?

Parents are often the primary impact- the victims are usually unfavorable children or those overloaded with stringent standards.   To these parents, the children are never good enough, which weakens the health of their Ego.   Child neglect and abuse have the worse impact.   Primary caregivers are usually the next significant impact.  England King George VI’s stuttering had a lot to do with how his nanny mistreated him when he was little.  The rest are various people at society, such as teachers, schoolmates, bosses, colleagues, etc.

Victims can withdraw from society, like the King George V.   Victims can also look for approvals, be eager to tell the world how smart they are, or abuse others, which will destroy their vision, image and power.   Victims may also think that they can steal, rob and silence their competitors as they can do ANYTHING.  When a leader is eager to look for approvals, ass kissing is more musical than praise. The business empire will fall even faster.

By restoring the health of their Ego, many negative behaviors can go away quickly since they are secondary.   It usually takes a deep commitment and weeks to months with the right tools.  Behaviors reflect an injured Ego; therefore, it can be painful and slow to “better” the reflection.  Does every Ego have a quick solution?  We do not take cases that involve ethics and abuse.

Leaders usually have other needs, for example, innovation, leadership styles, conflict management, resilience development and other performance management, to further strengthen the health of their Ego.

Use the Right People

To use the right people is the first step to success.  An ass kisser can still serve certain purposes if management is setup right.   The background check and track records are necessary.  However, they cannot anticipate the future performance, which is the to determine if the person can do the job.  To do so, leaders need not only assess individual current capacities, but also their level, performance and potential under different weather.  “Honesty and self-awareness” that Psychology or behavior tests  rely on usually do not apply to an ass kisser.   Here is the comparison between the 6Q Whole System Approach and partial ones.

The world is changing fast.  The more leaders can anticipate, the better leaders can use the right people.  Although gut feeling is good, the leadership and performance MRI provides scientific evidences and therefore is more reliable.  We help leaders see more, see far, and win big.



Does Level 5 Leadership development tie leaders with high standards?  No, only the right ones, and learning and development is as nature, healthy and easy as possible. Behavior and EQ alone cannot solve all issues, for example:
1. Unwise investments.
2. Use a wrong person.
3. Setbacks and failures.
4. Poor health.

It takes the right tools to empower leaders from good to great and build Level 5 leaders.  Let’s find the extra tools you need!

The Prince Synergy Team


Can People Skills Alone Manage Conflicts Efficiently?

Conflict management for leaders is essential to leadership success because conflicts are inevitable as long as strategic shifts and structural changes are necessary.  How to manage conflicts has challenged many leaders.  Recently, a CEO wanted to improve his conflict management and was particularly interested in deep human knowledge.

Are people skills alone sufficient conflict management for leaders?  NO, because many conflicts are self-induced.  The Executive 6Q Assessment found that the CEO needed several puzzles– vision, innovation, deep knowledge of talent, etc.  One issue was that he could easily lose temper over low-grade errors.  Looking back, he has been at the top of his class from elementary to MBA.

Optimize Conflict Management with the Right Tools

Should we modify his behavior or ask him to consolidate with others publicly? No, instead I told him one story.

I acted like him until I suffered from Traumatic Brain Injury due to an auto-accident.   In the beginning of my recovery, my cognitive ability was about elementary school level.  I could be easily frightened when I walked on the street since I did not know what to do, so I had to hold my father’s hand.  Gradually, my cognitive ability came back, so did my confidence.  One day, I was no longer afraid.    Even since, I have learned to be empathetic with those who commit mistakes—they do not want that happen, either- and in the meantime, inspire them to learn from their mistakes and grow.

The CEO thanked me for sharing my story.  He has faced the same conflicts fewer and fewer each day.

Like EQ and behavior alone cannot build a Level 5 leader, the key to improve conflict management is to evaluate leaders’ underlying structure, choose the right follow-up strategies, models, practice classes, and not to waste time on the secondary behaviors.  Self-discovery is important but not always efficient.   Public consolidation with others often come with unnecessary humiliation and resistance, which can slow down the problem solving.   Existing 360° assessment results are helpful, and there is no need to repeat the assessment since it mainly collect observation, not the root causes.   Most training on conflict management for leaders can be done in an efficient and comfortable way, such as listening to a story like the above CEO.

How to Optimize Conflict Management for Leaders Efficiently?

There are two kinds of conflicts—self-induced and environment related.  Is it easier to improve self or change others?  A great leader needs both.

A leader’s fairness comes first.  Otherwise, conflicts can emerge anywhere if the leader tries to disregard others’ benefit, take advantage of others or play personal favor since no many people are stupid.   What comes the next is leaders’ vision, Ego, innovation, leadership styles, legal sense, structure making, resilience, etc.  Why?  Most people would rather tolerate a leader’s people skills if the leader can see far, take right action, and be fair.

Many leaders do not know their talent deep enough, which affects how they task talent, execute their strategies, and prevent conflicts.  The lack of deep knowledge of their talent has a lot to do with the leadership and talent development history– most institutions focus on IQ, EQ, and LQ but fail to know the other half of the human system.

In addition to taking the right action, leaders can win hearts easily in daily work through mental and health management.

Different root cause require different solutions, which can be diagnosed first.   Usually,  the Good to Great Leadership CLASS 1 minimizes self-induced conflicts; CLASS 2 deepens leaders’ talent knowledge, leadership styles and conflict management skills; and X-Class helps to win more hearts and save more human capital.   Clients can start to see results in days to weeks like the CEO did in the case above.    No need to worry if someone has had too many complaints.   In fact, the change can be more impressive than others’.  And we will help to magnify the change elegantly.


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About the Author 
Bin Yang is the author of What Stop Leaders from Good to Great, and the Managing Director of The Prince Synergy (, a leading consulting firm that explores missing tools in leadership and success, and solves the hardest issues that no one else can.

If you’d like to learn how to be a great leader and enhance your 6Q instead of IQ and EQ alone, consider reading the life stories in the book and trying the mini quiz.  The webinars are also available for hands-on experiences. The Prince Synergy customizes most of its classes and programs based on the Executive 6Q Assessment results.   For more information or to schedule an interview, lecture, or appointment, please contact 310-668-1828.