Executives are in a unique position to influence the direction of their organizations. They lead from the top down and sometimes they have to manage up. In a very real sense, they can be caught in the middle between the CEO and the human capital that gets things done in the organization. Today’s VPs are tomorrow’s CEOs so the Sustainable Growth of any organization can rely on the strength of its executive staff. Anyone who thinks an executive position is easy hasn’t tried it before. Proving your value, advancing a growth initiative or watching out for the development of others in the group are not simple tasks. It takes focused attention. It takes discipline. In fact it takes Nine Disciplines.