Nov
17

What Else Could Happen That You Haven’t Planned for?

Like many people, I was surprised in the early hours of November 9th following the election. It was a good lesson about a lot of things, not the least of which was that surprises happen all the time. The important thing is to be prepared. My clients were surprised on election day, too. Here are…
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Nov
10

How to Focus (by The Un-Focused)

  Have you ever noticed all those articles, books, and courses about how to focus are written by people who are born focused? These are the left-brained, analytical types for whom organizing, planning, and strong focus are as second nature as breathing. Well, here’s a switch! This article is about how to focus but is…
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Oct
25

An Open Letter to My Fellow Executive Coaches

  Dear Fellow Executive Coaches, Today, I would like to discuss what should one do when a coach refers a client to you. Before we dive into that, however, let me give you my backstory. I spent over three decades as a CEO for nonprofit organizations. Because of my extensive experience as a CEO, I…
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Oct
11

PLEASE, Not Another Mission Statement Exercise!

“Welcome everyone!” said the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, high-energy, strategic planning consultant. “Today we’re going to do something together that will engage everyone in the room and be ground-breaking for the organization.” She paused, maximizing the moment. She had everyone’s attention. Just before everyone’s attention waned, she said, “We are going to write a new mission…
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Oct
04

Do You Hire Without a Reliable Personality Assessment?

The typical interview process reviews the candidate’s technical skills. However, it is not enough. There is no way to guarantee a good hire, but there are several options to reduce the odds of a bad one. These options include a reliable personality assessment. Bad hiring decisions have bad consequences. For some jobs, like patient care,…
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