Successful Hiring – What You Need To Know In Order To Do It Right

In a world of heightened competition to recruit and retain the very best talent, it is more important than ever to do it right.  Bad hires have always been costly, but in today’s workplace of increased competition and tight margins, one bad hire can set a company back one year or more.  Yes you heard Read More

The One Trait You Must Have In Any Leadership Role

If I were to Google the words “necessary leadership traits” I suspect I’d find hundreds of thousands of articles, websites and training offerings; each with their own spin on what you must have in order to be a successful leader.  Each, I suspect holds promising truths but the sheer amount of traits you must check Read More

5 Steps to Rightly Position Your Market Value

For most of us telling others (especially those in leadership positions) about the value we bring to an organization doesn’t come naturally.  Yet it is a skill that we must develop in order to meet our career goals and ultimately find fulfillment in what we do.  Why is it then that we avoid it until Read More

2 Tips to Delivering The Difficult Message: The Critical Piece to Growth & Success

Criticism, opinions and its perceived outcome of conflict (or whatever word you feel comfortable using) is both beneficial and important in business, but unfortunately, is often seen as a “necessary” evil by those leading teams.   It is often avoided, minimized and sometimes negatively perceived, however without it, innovation and growth will be negatively impacted. Why Read More

You Simply Can’t Afford Even One Bad Employee

I always ask the small business owners we interact with the following question:  “How important is it for you to have a fully engaged workforce?”   As you can imagine, the answer is always the same.  “It is absolutely important.   We are too small and have too much going on for anyone not to pull their Read More

Transition Takes Patience & Courage

People transition for a number of reasons:  layoffs, culture fits, and growth opportunities just to name a few.   While the reasons are many, the principles for success are the same.  Before you decide to jump on the transition train, make sure you are prepared to be successful; after-all, you have decided to make the change Read More

Learning for Emerging Leaders

The U.S. Labor Department’s August Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, popularly known as “the quit rate” because it measures the number of people voluntarily leaving their jobs, is the highest since June 2008, when the economy was in recession.    Coupled with an economy that is beginning to recover, these valuable employees that have stayed Read More


How To Stay Out Of The Weeds

I recently read an article about Eileen Fisher, fashion designer and now Chief Creative Officer of her namesake brand.    She mentioned that she begins everyday in her “purpose chair” journal where she outlines “What Really Matters Today.”   So many leaders in their push to drive progress, move the needle, close the deal etc., find themselves Read More

No Training = Training to Fail

Have you ever found yourself in the position of promoting your star, so excited about their future only to be frustrated with their inability to successfully transition into a leadership role?   This perplexing phenomenon happens more often than you would think and, quite honestly, more often than it needs to happen. So often in business we Read More

Successful Ownership Requires Courage!

A recent article (see link below) about a business owner (who just so happens to be a female) and her bold approach as she first stepped into her role as operations manager of a full service event company stunned me and made me pause.   I paused not from disappointment but from the courage she displayed Read More