Employee Retention – the next BIG Challenge

By | Employee Engagement ,Hiring Process ,Leadership ,Retention | October 24, 2018 | 0 comment

You have just hired your next superstar – congratulations!  The first challenge is over.  Now comes the big one – Retention! In his book “Topgrading”, Dr. Brad Smart presents research which shows that the cost of employee turnover has a negative ROI of almost 500%. Clearly, hiring the right person and retaining them is critical […]

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“Precarious Employment”: 3 Lessons for Employers & 3 for Employees

By | Employee Engagement ,Leadership ,Retention | November 21, 2017 | 0 comment

We live in changing times! Today, a prosperous and fulfilling career is significantly more challenging to achieve. Despite a recent economic uptick, it appears that employment instability has become the norm. This “precarious employment” environment is rooted in past trends that increased the competitiveness of the job market, made companies reluctant to hire full-time staff, […]

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The Changing Role of the CEO

By | Leadership ,News | June 14, 2017 | 0 comment

While there are some foundational truths about leadership and the role of the CEO that have remained constant over time, rapid shifts in business organization and strategy are forcing new leaders to adapt. In its recently released 20th CEO Survey, PwC summarizes findings relating to CEOs around the world – and their changing role within companies. Two […]

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Are you ready for the next “Discontinuous Innovation” in your industry?

By | Leadership ,News | March 23, 2017 | 0 comment

  Donald Rumsfelt, George W. Bush’s Secretary of Defence during the Iraqi war, is famous for his quote “There are known knowns; these are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown […]

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Ned’s Rules of Engagement

By | Leadership ,News | February 15, 2017 | 0 comment

Introduction I developed a particular passion during 22 years of service in uniform.  That passion was how leaders work – what they did, and more importantly, why they did it. In 1998, I began to articulate some guidelines that I had learned over time, both in and out of uniform, about how people (who are […]

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Dreaming about 2017 – A Fable

By | Leadership ,News ,Training/Professional Development | December 7, 2016 | 0 comment

It is New Year’s Eve.  The house is quiet.  I am sitting by the fire with my spouse, sipping Laphroaig, and reflecting on the year gone by.  As Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  We discuss our goals and dreams – personal, professional, financial, spiritual, health & fitness, relationships, learning/personal growth, and […]

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A 2nd Look at The 4 Disciplines of Execution

By | Leadership ,News | September 13, 2016 | 0 comment

In 2012 McChesney, Covey and Huling released their seminal book The 4 Disciplines of Execution.  Like all good things, it received resounding press and then faded into the oblivion of “the whirlwind of the urgent”.  It’s time for a second look. Executives deal with 2 fundamental subjects – Strategy and Execution.  MBA Schools teach Strategy; […]

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Better Management or Better Leadership?

By | Leadership | February 18, 2016 | 0 comment

Do We Need Better Management or Better Leadership? Why is it that the word “management” is so prevalent in our workplaces when study after study highlights the desperate need for “leadership”? North American companies spend upwards of 15 billion dollars a year on leadership education and yet the Deloitte study Global Human Capital Trends 2014 […]

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