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This One Thing Could Bring Your Business Down (and it’s Not COVID-19)

This One Thing Could Bring Your Business Down (and it’s Not COVID-19)

In the midst of this global crisis that we’re all navigating together, most business owners and leaders are focused on basic survival. They’re exploring the nuances of a (suddenly) remote workforce, looking for creative ways to recoup unexpected losses, and pondering substantial operational pivots to adapt to an ever-expanding “distance marketplace.”

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Inspiration in Transition: On Successfully Weathering the Storm

Inspiration in Transition: On Successfully Weathering the Storm

In times of crisis, employees look to their leaders for reassurance as well as inspiration. They want to know that the company they work for is going to survive the current challenges—and hopefully, one day thrive. We have never before seen the global economy hit “pause” in this way.

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Stepping Out, Not Down: Why Your Aging CEO Won’t Retire

Stepping Out, Not Down: Why Your Aging CEO Won’t Retire

You’ve done your succession planning homework, and you’ve taken all the right steps—whether this involved meticulously grooming younger members of the family business, or conducting an exhaustive search for a competent and closely aligned outside candidate for you...

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Freedom to Fail: One Simple Way to Foster Fearless Employees

Freedom to Fail: One Simple Way to Foster Fearless Employees

Failure is an inevitable part of life—and, of course, business. It’s a topic I cover thoroughly as leadership and succession planning speaker, in part because I learned early in my career to actually value failure for the indelible lessons it can teach us, both about business and about ourselves.

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Death of the Top-Down Model: 3 Rules for Employee Engagement

Death of the Top-Down Model: 3 Rules for Employee Engagement

During some recent travels on the business growth speaker circuit, I read a Gallup article about productivity that echoed my sentiments about the future of business leadership. In past generations, management was about control. Managers, in general, could be counted on to be senior staff members; their experience was comprised of hard-won knowledge about company processes and procedures, and their leadership was based on enforcing these.

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Talent + Technology: Hiring for the Digital Economy

Talent + Technology: Hiring for the Digital Economy

On the business growth speaker circuit, I hear a lot of talk about Millennials. I recently wrote a post on how to adapt to working with this generation, and wanted to supplement those ideas with some thoughts on how their unique toolkit and perspective is affecting the way we hire. The global workforce is on the brink of a powerful sea of change.

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The Myth of “The Right Time” + Three Reasons to ACT NOW

The Myth of “The Right Time” + Three Reasons to ACT NOW

As a leadership keynote speaker, there’s one phrase I hear more often than any other: “We’re just waiting for the right time to make these changes.” If there truly was a “right time” for any kind of change, whether personal or professional, I probably wouldn’t have a career on the leadership keynote speaker circuit.

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The Art of Saying “No” – Real-World Strategies for the Over-Committed

The Art of Saying “No” – Real-World Strategies for the Over-Committed

As a reformed over-committer, I have seen first-hand how easy it is to fill up your calendar with tasks and appointments that aren’t personally OR professionally fulfilling. When I first began to practice the art of saying “no,” I started every sentence with the word “sorry.” Now, when I’m declining an invitation or project, I start with “thank you. Particularly during my time on the succession planning speaker circuit, I found I had dozens of opportunities during the day to give away my most precious resource—my time—for free.

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The Role of the Board During Family Business Succession

The Role of the Board During Family Business Succession

The combination of family and business is always a challenging one – and never more so than during the changing of the guard. As I’ve seen first-hand, both during my travels as a succession planning speaker and in my experience taking over my family’s business, firm boundaries, and indisputable objectivity are essential to the succession planning process. As a succession planning speaker, I’m often asked for common succession planning scenarios in which a Board of Advisors can be particularly helpful.

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5 Ways Leaders Undermine their Teams’ Success

5 Ways Leaders Undermine their Teams’ Success

It may sound counter-intuitive, but one of the reasons I’ve been so successful as a business turnaround speaker is that I’ve experienced nearly ALL of my clients’ challenges first-hand. There are countless situations in which we can unknowingly stand in our own way—here are five scenarios I see most often in my work, and how to get around them.

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Why Families Fight During Succession and How to Stop It

Why Families Fight During Succession and How to Stop It

It may not surprise you to learn that many businesses fail to survive the succession process and fall prey to family infighting. Here are a few reasons conflict situations that might arise during this complex and emotionally charged time—and how to defuse them.

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3 Ways to Reclaim Your Commute

3 Ways to Reclaim Your Commute

While I don’t really have a commute, per se, as a succession planning speaker I spend a fair amount of time traveling. And it seems I’m not alone; a recent AAA survey found that the average American adult spends about 300 hours—or nearly two full weeks’ time—in the...

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Q&A: Choosing (or Creating) the Right Successor

Q&A: Choosing (or Creating) the Right Successor

In my travels on the succession planning speaker and business turnaround speaker circuits, one of the most popular topics of discussion is leadership talent. My clients wonder: when is the right time to choose one’s successor, and what kind of leaders should they be looking for?

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4 Ways Millennials Can Actually Make Your Company Stronger

4 Ways Millennials Can Actually Make Your Company Stronger

If you’ve been reading the news at all in recent years, you may have noticed a mounting “body count” of all the industries and institutions Millennials have, according to clickbait journalism, allegedly “killed” with their complex and mercurial ways. Shouty headlines seem to announce a new “death” every day – RIP, American Dream…and thanks for nothing, Millennials!

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BUSINESS CONTINGENCY PLANNING: WHAT, WHY + HOW

BUSINESS CONTINGENCY PLANNING: WHAT, WHY + HOW

As a succession planning speaker, I’m often asked about business contingency planning within the larger context of succession planning—are the two ideas related, and how? The answer isn’t difficult to understand, but it does require a bit of clarification.

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3 WAYS TO TURN NEGATIVE FEEDBACK INTO A POSITIVE

3 WAYS TO TURN NEGATIVE FEEDBACK INTO A POSITIVE

While criticism is essential to the process of professional growth, no one enjoys getting negative feedback. I’ll share a few simple mindset adjustments that can make the process quite a bit more tolerable—regardless of whether you’re on the giving or receiving end.

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