• 5 Ingredients for Designing a Company for Growth and Success

    by Bob McKown

    Business leaders and entrepreneurs are creative, driven people. They are often great "initiators."5 ingredients for designing a company for success

    But successful organizations that want to be around for the long haul require a shift in focus. They must move from the launch phase, where there is a great idea, to establish a foundation upon which to build. 

    This means leaders must transform their style, instituting proven principles to ensure the organization will have the greatest chance for success.

    There are 5 “key ingredients” that you must have in any organization. They always work, and in my 40 years in business, when applied correctly, I have never seen them fail. In the last 25 years as a business owner, I have preached them, taught them and lived them.

    They are not easy to implement. It takes diligence and steadfastness to remain on course. Here are some highlights that I hope will help you create success in your organization:

    5 Key Ingredients for Success:

    1. Vision & Strong Sense of Mission...

    It is the vision for the organization that creates the catalyst for developing your culture. The mission tells everyone what you are all about and how you are going to operate. These go together. They really fit hand in glove. Often the vision can be a brief one-line altruistic statement, but we believe that by including the mission you can establish a far-reaching and definitive guiding force for the organization.

    2. Commitment to Work on a Goal...

    Goals must fit within the framework of the mission. Too often, there are competing goals within an organization, so company-wide goals, department goals and individual goals must align with, support and complement the mission.

    3. Unity Among the People...

    While each person is uniquely gifted, with different experiences, skills, knowledge, thought processes and personalities; ...

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  • 9 Tips for Career Transition from an Outplacement Coach

    by Ray Blush

    “Why don’t you write a blog article discussing some of your 'tidbits of knowledge' that you talk about in your coaching sessions?” asked an outplacement client I recently coached. The client was referring to items I review with individuals not found in a workbook or handouts. 9 tips for career transition from an outplacement coach

    I gave my client’s comment a lot of thought and in my thinking process, a 14th Century French proverb came to mind: Qui onques rien n'enprist riens n'achieva (He who never undertook anything never achieved anything). 

    So, taking the advice of my client, here are 9 tips for career transition you may want to use in your job-search efforts:

    1. Just as you need to have a well-written resume, you should have a robust LinkedIn profile. Head hunters and company recruiters are using LinkedIn as a tool to find qualified job seekers.

    2. Your resume does not need to be kept to one page. In my 20 years of coaching, I have read numerous professional articles indicating a one-page resume is better than a two-page resume and vice versa. The length of a resume depends on a person’s work experience, and it is now acceptable for a resume to be longer than two pages. I typically recommend about 390 words per page.

    3. Most of my new clients are not aware they need to put together an “elevator speech” which is sometimes called an “elevator pitch.” This is a concise, compelling introduction that can be communicated in the amount of time it takes someone to ride the elevator a few floors. This 30-second summary should include a job function, last or current company and a short description of what you do professionally.

    4. “References and further information are available upon request” is a sentence that no longer needs to be added ...

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  • 4 Ways to Actively Grow Your Leadership Skills

    by Jessica Rayburn


    Leadership skills. We’ve all read the articles and books, seen the LinkedIn posts and listened to the speeches about why they are so important. But how exactly do we hone these skills? 4 Ways to Actively Grow Leadership Skills


    Simply reading, researching and listening to others tout the benefits of these skills is only the beginning of your journey to great leadership. So, what steps should you take to move past simply learning about leadership to actually putting them into practice?


    Here are four ways to actively grow your leadership skills:


    1. Executive coaching – Working with an executive coach will allow you to get an unbiased outside perspective on your leadership skills. A quality executive coach will assess your current skills by observing you at work, talking to colleagues and reviewing past documentation of your workplace performance. From here, a developmental plan will be crafted, and you will be coached through the plan to ultimately lead to the definition of success that you and your coach have defined.


    2. Assessment – Assessments are powerful tools that help you gain self-awareness and identify gaps in your skillset. While there are a plethora of assessments in the marketplace today, researching or working with your executive coach will help you determine which is best for you.  Begin by deciding what you hope to gain from taking an assessment and how this tool will help you reach that overarching definition of success. 


    Many leadership consulting services companies offer multiple assessments and talking to someone may help you determine which assessment is best for you. For example, are you second guessing your career choice? Do you want feedback from your supervisors and direct reports? Questions like these will help you narrow down which tool is best for you. 


    And, last ...

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  • April Fools! How to Avoid the Joke of the Jobsite Black Hole

    By Shawna Simcik

    You just hit gold! You’re actively searching a jobsite, and you find a job that is an exact fit for your qualifications. You take the time to customize your resume with all the right keywords, apply online and hit submit. Instantly, you receive an email reply from the company, "Thank you so much for applying. You are a perfect fit for this role, and we will call you in 30 minutes to schedule an interview." April Fools - How to avoid the jobsite blackhole

    April Fools!

    Can we agree that this NEVER happens? We often hear from job seekers that once you hit submit, you either a) get an auto-generated decline letter or b) don't ever hear a single word from the company—whether good, bad or ugly.

    Your resume has officially fallen into the Black Hole, never to be heard from or seen again!

    Follow these 4 simple rules to ensure you won't be fooled this year by the jobsite black hole.

    1. Apply Only for the Jobs for Which You Are Qualified and Want. Don't waste your time and energy—nor that of the recruiter—and submit your resume for every job a company has posted. Realistically, you know you are not a fit and are really not fooling anybody when you submit your resume for a job in which you are not qualified.

    2.  Customize the Resume. If you are applying for a role you want and are uniquely qualified to do, tailoring your resume shouldn't be a concern. Companies today are more than likely using an Applicant Tracking System. This fabulous technology has decreased the workload of the recruiter and created efficiencies. Yet, with all great technology, occasionally it fails and fabulous candidates fall victim to the technology. Ensure that your resume has the keywords that are utilized in the job description. ...

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