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Building Successful Leadership Development Programs

More and more we are seeing companies work to create some form of internal Leadership Development Program. Finding talent, developing that talent for the modern workforce and creating a talent pipeline is top of mind for many CEOs. According to the latest Gallup Survey, 87% of millennials report that professional and career development are very important. With 50% of millennials making up the workforce, it…

5 Listening Practices to Solve Complex Problems

Listening well doesn’t mean just being quiet. It means tuning in. And there’s a difference. In other words, listening well means actively refocusing your mind away from your inner chatter and into the world around you. More than ever, to solve our complex problems, we are being asked to listen in to what’s emerging around us. Hold up! You might say. I listen to my…

Effective Succession Planning

We held a “Meeting of the Minds” workshop on effective succession planning and transitions.  For over an hour, a panel of experts including a financial advisor, business valuator, attorney, accountant, and financial software specialist informed the audience with practical advice and tips on succession and exit planning. Some key concepts participants shared with us included: 1.    “Start early, have a plan, and plan, plan, plan.” …

Are Millennials Getting a Bad Rap?

Millennials seem to have a bad reputation, especially in the workplace. They’ve heard the mantra over and over that they’re lazy, privileged, entitled and don’t know the value of hard work. But is it really true? And how can an entire generation, literally millions of people, be lumped together under one umbrella stereotype? If you find yourself in this category of being in your 20’s…

Executive Presence: Marketing Yourself

Developing your personal brand: it’s a topic that hundreds of editorials and books have been dedicated to, but why is this so important? How do you even know if your personal brand is strong or if it needs work? What exactly is executive presence and why is it so important to develop? It is how you are coming across to others. What are you known…

Connecting with the Generations

Generation X, the ‘latchkey kids’ of America, were the first generation left to their own devices with two working parents from the time they were young. They got from home to school, to activities and back home with a key around their necks, building the confidence and independence that helped them achieve great success in their future careers. They also work longer hours/weeks than previous…

The Power in Being Grateful

When going through a difficult stretch in my life, someone once asked me, “What is it that gets you through?”   Much to my surprise, the word “gratitude” found its way to my lips. The odd thing was I did not know where it came from, or how it found its way into my heart, let alone my consciousness. Because those moments were inky dark and…

Failing Spectacularly: The Phoenix From the Flame

What is the thing we try to avoid at all costs yet is at times, absolutely inevitable?  Personal, professional and even physical failure sends many people to addiction or in better case scenarios, to the therapist.  Most of the reasons that a flop feels so toxic is that we believe it defines us to our core.  Failure means I/we are irresponsible, clueless and worthless or…

Avoiding Burnout in Healthcare Careers

Healthcare is tough. Whether you work directly with patients in a hospital or physician’s office, deal with administration issues such as compliance, insurance billing, Medicare/Medicaid compliance and reimbursements, or you’re involved at a higher level drafting policies or pursuing major changes, the healthcare industry currently faces some enormous hurdles. This constant stress of trying to manage your career while navigating political, business, personal and patient…

Getting Ready to Transition Your Business

It’s your business and at some point you know you will move on. There are areas to consider that aren’t just about the financials.  In a workshop with 20 small business owners from the Dover Chamber of Commerce, we explored some of these areas and emerged with several key tips for business owners to consider. Define Your Mindset for Change It is important as the…

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