Co-CEOs Might Be Increasing, But Do They Mean Twice the Trouble?

First published on Forbes, Nov. 9, 2017. Co-founders are the norm in startups, but as they grow, one person often stays CEO, while the other assumes another title. If you had asked me a year ago if I’d encourage a co-CEO relationship, I would have said, “Absolutely not! That sounds like a nightmare for role clarity, responsibility and ego battles, not to mention the confusion […]

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Three Ways Helping Hurricane Survivors Can Help Your Business

First published on Forbes, Sept. 26, 2017. Since August, two gigantic forces have dominated the news: Harvey and Irma. Every time we turn on our television, radio, or scroll through our favorite social media site, there they are. For those of us not directly impacted by the hurricanes, going to the office seems to bring a sense of normalcy, yet we still have an underlying […]

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Five Tips For How Growing Companies Can Reach Their Goals

First appeared as a Forbes Coaches Council article on September 5, 2017. An airplane seatmate recently told me that a major division of a Fortune 500 company held an all-hands meeting for its sales staff to announce the goal of growing its business by 20%. Sounds like a big goal, right? In the same meeting, it was announced that bonuses would be eliminated. What? Salespeople are […]

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How to Keep Attention on Business Growth No Matter How Busy You Are

We know it’s important to take the time to explore new ways to innovate and grow our businesses, but who has the time to stop and do that? It often seems impossible to shoehorn one more task into your never-ending to-do list. However, it becomes a danger and liability to your organization to let too much time lapse between considering innovation strategies. The first way […]

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Three Must-Haves to Accelerate Your Company’s Innovation

First appeared as a Forbes Coaches Council article on August 3, 2017. It’s believed that Albert Einstein called the definition of insanity “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This idea should heighten the urgency for every business leader to be more innovative as a means to prevent insanity, keep yourself relevant and outperform your competitors. How can you optimize innovation for your organization? […]

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Wake Up HR! Think Business Growth

Stop being one of those Human Resources Leaders who lives in a constant state of fear that your budget will be cut. If you form strategic partnerships with business line leaders to support business growth and innovation, instead of getting your budget cut, you will get additional funding. Think beyond the initiatives you’ve done for years, and even beyond what you’ve been asked to do. […]

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Three Critical Employee Factors in Accelerating Your Company’s Growth

Many companies overlook the impact of employee engagement upon business growth. If you have a service-based company, you know your customer-facing employees are the most critical resource for delivering an outstanding customer experience. If you have a product-based company, I’ve got news for you: you are still a services company. Even the most innovative product requires humans to design the product, develop innovations, create the […]

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Why Should You Care about Employee Happiness? One CEO Tells All

  We recently sat down with J. Schwan, founder and CEO of Solstice Consulting, to talk about the “happiness factor” in business success, and how employee engagement and happiness not only lead to better performance and retention, but greater customer and client satisfaction and success. Solstice is on track to exceed 450 employees by the end of the year, more than doubling their headcount over […]

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Getting a Flexible Work Arrangement: Creating a Win-Win

Workplace flexibility can definitely be a win-win for the employee and the company. According to the Corporate Executive Board, people who feel like they have good work-life balance are 21% more productive at work.   The most important thing in requesting a flexible schedule is planning.  The critical things you need to plan before asking for a flexible work arrangement are:   a) Begin with […]

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3 Must-Haves for Attaining your Goals

Do you feel like a powerful business-suit-wearing hamster trapped in a wheel of unattainable personal goals?  There are big strategic business goals that you work toward with colleagues, everyday urgent matters that you resolve…and then there are your own goals that get left by the wayside week over week and month over month because while you think you know what you want, you aren’t exactly […]

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