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Organizational Strategy

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 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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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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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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Collective Wisdom

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We are enamored with experts and their expertise. Expert analysis from expert analysts. Expert testimony from expert witnesses. Expert advice from expert consultants. Given the choice, we nearly always seek the opinion of the expert. We want the expert, the guru, the genius, to weigh in, to point us in […]

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When Is It Time to Shut It Down?

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I’ve always been fascinated by how highly successful people choose to exit their field or end their career. Some “go out on top,” reaching a major milestone in their field, choosing to step away with their legacy secured. Others seem to choose their exit based not on a particular achievement […]

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Wartime Followership

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I’m going to talk about followers without talking about Instagram or Twitter. It’s interesting that if you talk about leadership development, scores of quotes or authors or business journals come to mind, but if you talk about followers, social media comes to mind. Why is it that leadership development gets […]

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Five Tips for Partnerships

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“I don’t want to mess up my friendship.” Sounds like a sitcom line between a guy and a girl who are thinking about dating. But it’s also the line I hear in nearly every partnership conversation I have. I heard a version of it recently during lunch with a friend. […]

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Leadership Scaling

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Fifteen years ago, if I told a client they should think about scale, there’s a 50/50 chance that they’d think I was suggesting weight loss. Today, my clients usually bring it up at a first meeting. They’re either anticipating hypergrowth or they’re right in the middle of it. Scaling is […]

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