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Steve Graves

Three Dangers Every Founder Faces

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I’ve worked with hundreds of founders in my three-plus decades of executive advising. Men and women representing all shapes and sizes of organizations.  Massive nonprofits and hometown businesses, Fortune 100 companies and boot strapping start ups. I believe founders face some atypical challenges. I love founders. I love the risk they take […]

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The Five Stoplights of Business Deals

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I’ve been coaching executives for about 30 years, and I’ve never had such a concentration around the area of mergers and acquisitions. Start-ups and established companies, for-profits and non-profits, family-owned companies and Fortune 1000 companies. Across all industries, it seems like everyone is considering buying, selling and/or merging. Just because […]

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4 Metrics of Child Rearing

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A recent conversation with a friend about business recruiting actually highlighted a couple of parenting insights. I was meeting with a CEO who was evaluating his internship program. In determining whom to hire out of this program, he looks for only three capabilities: Work ethic Problem solving ability Relational skills […]

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4 COVID Impacts

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There’s a meme going around that says, “Whoever said ‘The days go slow and the years go fast didn’t know 2020.’” What a year. I’ve worked my way through a few mask styles, read some books I didn’t know I’d get to, let a prepaid annual parking spot at our […]

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Voice, Center, Path, Toolbox

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Frameworks are good. They help steer our imagination and energy. They help us focus on the things that matter most. They create repositories of insights that can be recycled at a later time. It is common for me to find myself having a conversation with a bright-eyed millennial ready to […]

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Rock Solid Hiring

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I write a lot about hiring because I get a ton of questions about hiring from my clients. I also write a lot about hiring because I am convinced that great hires eliminate massive amounts of problems and create immeasurable opportunity. According to multiple studies, new leadership hires fail, about […]

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The Four Audiences of Jesus

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Feeling pulled in different relational directions? If so, you’re in good company. The same thing happened to Jesus. Literally. Consider this scene. Jesus has just healed a demon-possessed man, and He is now walking in a crowd. A man named Jairus approaches Jesus and asks Him to come heal his […]

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High Performance Through the Roof

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About a month ago I was sitting in my office, on yet another Zoom call, when a black cloud rolled in. It was not one of those figurative black clouds like a tense relational moment or a catastrophic balance sheet. It was an actual, literal, black cloud. A few minutes […]

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Without Wax

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I distinctly remember the first time I received a handwritten letter from Prof. Though I don’t recall the subject of his note, I very clearly remember his signature, one which has served as an invaluable lesson and a guide in my life. For decades Hendricks signed all his correspondence the […]

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4 Insights to Navigate the Foggy Road Ahead

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Certain occasions in life create clouds of confusion, fear, and unsettledness. Our current global fight with the coronavirus pandemic pushes each of us to find our physical, emotional, and spiritual footing. Nearly three thousand years ago, a young new king in the Middle East found himself overwhelmed. In 2 Chronicles […]

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