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11 Ways to Find Balance in an Unbalanced World

How to use performance management skills to cope with COVID-19 Working from home is a reality for most these days. And while it’s nice not to have a commute, working from home presents significant challenges for many, from lack of space to young kids to Wi-Fi issues and beyond. We’re now seven months into this reality, and it has been a strain on the psyche of many, if not all of us. The reality is, though, that this is our new reality. It won’t … Read More >

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How to Exit the Family Business — Without Exiting the Family

The “family” dynamic in a family business has the potential to make a company great and undermine it at the same time. Even when things seem like they are going well, complex, underlying issues between family members can eventually lead to someone deciding to split from the business.  If you’ve read the tabloids or have been near the internet in the past few months, you’ve likely heard a famous example of this—Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in the midst of leaving the most … Read More >

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Creating Harmony in a Conflicted Leadership Team

It’s been said that leadership is lonely, but in reality, leaders are more often than not part of a leadership team that must function like a well-oiled machine. And like a machine, if any single part malfunctions, the domino effect takes everything down. Conflict within leadership teams can happen for a variety of reasons, but it is often the result of personality clashes. In my years of working as an executive coach and psychologist, I have had many requests from clients to intervene and … Read More >

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Critical Thinkers Are Critical to Your Success

Critical thinking—and critical thinkers—are the key to moving a business forward. And whether it’s a family-owned business looking for the next generation of leaders or a public company looking to outpace the competition, finding and developing the critical thinkers within your organization is critical to success. Most CEOs and other leaders already have this trait—it’s part of what got them to where they are. Critical thinkers, however, aren’t always easy to find. According to the 2016 Workforce-Skills Preparedness Report by PayScale, critical thinking was … Read More >

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The Secret to Successful External Hiring: Building an Onramp

Bringing in an external hire for a leadership position—or any position—can be tricky. Even family businesses, though, must at some point look outside of their own walls for good people. The trick is finding the right person and successfully onboarding them. Finding the right candidate, though, is only the beginning. Successful external hires are the result of months and even years of integration into the company and its culture—and it’s not always easy. In fact, the failure rate for external hires in the first … Read More >

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