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Virtual Boss: 5 Tips for Effective Remote Leadership

Virtual Boss: 5 Tips for Effective Remote Leadership

During the past year, we have had to become comfortable working from home—while also trying to balance family life, care-taking, etc. While the recent pandemic has forced the issue for many, I have actually been working remotely with my team in the UK since 2010, when my family moved to Colorado. During that time, I’ve found that a hybrid model—partly in the office, party at home—truly does deliver the best of both worlds!

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The Family CEO: Aging Leaders Who Can’t Stop Leading

The Family CEO: Aging Leaders Who Can’t Stop Leading

The Personal Side of Business Succession Planning It’s one of the most common pain points for my clients on the succession planning keynote speaker circuit: the leader who can’t stop leading. In a standard corporate transition, business is business. In the best of...

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Knowledge Transfer Basics: 5 Tips to Avoid the Brain Drain

Knowledge Transfer Basics: 5 Tips to Avoid the Brain Drain

It’s a great time to be a succession planning keynote speaker—the working world has never needed our guidance more than it does now! But with more than 80 million baby boomers planning to retire before 2030, we’re about to face what might be the biggest knowledge gap in history.

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10 Essential Lessons Learned at a Succession Planning Retreat

10 Essential Lessons Learned at a Succession Planning Retreat

When diving into the fundamentals of succession planning with prospective clients I meet on the succession planning keynote speaker circuit, I often compare the process to creating a last will and testament. After all, that’s essentially what it is: basic estate planning for one’s business.

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The 1 Simple Thing Successful Business Leaders Have In Common

The 1 Simple Thing Successful Business Leaders Have In Common

Many of the people I meet on my  succession planning retreats share a common complaint: strategy takes work! It can be incredibly difficult to tear oneself away from the day-to-day management of the business to focus time and resources on what feels like a theoretical future.

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Fundamentals of Succession Planning

Fundamentals of Succession Planning

As a consultant and succession planning keynote speaker, I often take it for granted that business owners know what it is, and why it is important. However, several recent virtual conversations with groups of business owners made me realize that this is not the case—so I thought this might be a good time to revisit some succession planning fundamentals. 

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The Ai Revolution in Hiring

The Ai Revolution in Hiring

I have come across an assessment tool that could be a game changer when looking to promote or hire new talent into a key role in your organization. It is called pymetrics, and is an Ai based assessment tool which helps you find the best fit for any particular role. It was developed by Frida Polli PhD; an academic neuroscientist from Harvard and MIT turned entrepreneur.

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Self-care to Survive a Crisis

Self-care to Survive a Crisis

I recently read this excellent article by David Lancefield in the Harvard Business Review and it made me think about an important principle during times of high stress, that of self-care.

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Crisis Leadership: 7 Qualities That Make a Survivor

Crisis Leadership: 7 Qualities That Make a Survivor

There’s nothing like a legitimate crisis for teaching business leaders what they’re really made of. As someone whose early days in the family business were defined by crisis leadership, I could not agree more. But I didn’t do it alone. In my case, the crisis leadership in question was delivered by my mentor, business turnaround specialist Frank.

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4 Ways Generational Differences Can Save Your Family Business

4 Ways Generational Differences Can Save Your Family Business

When one thinks of generational differences it can be easy to think of these as a negative; as the seeds of corporate conflict. But looking back on my own childhood and the early years of my adult working life, I now recognize that a family business is strongest when it can successfully balance honoring long-held traditions with leading change and innovation.

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6 Leadership Assessment Tools to Try in 2021

6 Leadership Assessment Tools to Try in 2021

I have always been serious about improving my leadership skills and investing in professional development. This goes back 25 years to when I was a young leader in my family business, and was responsible for leading a team of people who were older and more experienced than myself. Today, as a leadership and succession planning keynote speaker, I help my clients develop these qualities.

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Leading Yourself to the Top in Succession Planning

Leading Yourself to the Top in Succession Planning

Within the next 10 years, Boomers will have all but handed over the reins of corporate leadership to succeeding generations. This is likely the biggest leadership handover the corporate world has seen to date, and companies large and small are wisely making preparations. On the succession planning keynote speaker circuit, I’ve been working with my clients to create unique strategies that work within the realms of their family businesses.

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Tips for Building a Balanced Board

Tips for Building a Balanced Board

As a succession planning keynote speaker, I meet a lot of family business and closely held company owners—and I find that a surprising number of them are operating without any kind of advisory board. Of course, most of them are attending my talks in the context of...

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Five Reasons Your CEO is Putting Off Retirement

Five Reasons Your CEO is Putting Off Retirement

In my travels as a succession planning keynote speaker, I meet a lot of business owners & CEOs. Not surprisingly, the subject of succession planning comes up often, but what *is* surprising — the number of successful corporate leaders who claim to have a succession plan in their head, and nothing written down.

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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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