7 Signs You’ve Found a Consultant Who’s a True Business Partner

While many consultants offer insights and strategies, only a true business partner will drive meaningful, sustainable change in your organization. Therefore, knowing how to identify a consultant who will be a genuine partner, rather than just a service provider, is crucial for achieving your long-term business goals. Equally important, though, is understanding your role as a client in fostering this partnership. 

Why Generation X is Poised as the Most Experienced Leaders

In the ever-evolving landscape of the workforce, each generation brings its unique set of strengths, challenges, and leadership styles. Among these, Generation X (born approximately between 1965 and 1980) stands out as arguably the most experienced and adaptable leaders of our time.

Executive Presence: What It Is and Why It’s Crucial for Career Success

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Modern workplaces are dynamic, and talent abounds as much as competition. However, a distinct quality often sets individuals apart on their journey to success. That quality is executive presence.

Beyond mere charisma or technical prowess, executive presence (EP) involves a unique blend of confidence, gravitas, and effective communication.

The Quintessence of Leadership: Mastering the Art of Communication


In a recent coaching session, a young professional posed a thought-provoking question: “What is the most crucial universal skill for strong leaders?” This query resonates deeply in the realm of leadership development. My immediate response was “communication” – a skill fundamental yet complex, encompassing a range of abilities crucial for effective leadership.

The Biggest Risk Facing Insurers: Failing to Meet Strategic Objectives

Carol A. Williams’ article, “Why Strategic Implementations Fail and the Counterintuitive Way to Address It,” published in Carrier Management, offers a critical analysis of the challenges faced by property/casualty insurers in executing their strategic goals. The article highlights a startling statistic: despite improvements over the years

Leading with Love: The Key to Business Success and Emotional Fulfillment

Love might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of effective leadership, but perhaps it should be. It’s a force that binds teams, drives performance, and fills our professional journey with joy and purpose. To me, love isn’t just a part of leadership; it is the very essence of it.

Five Tenets of Building a Strong Team Culture


By focusing on an environment that emphasizes love, communication, talent, service orientation, and discipline, leaders will be paving a solid foundation for organizational success. With these key components in place, any team or organization can be well on its way to cultural greatness.

Where to focus? Try the “Hedgehog Principle”.


Whether you find yourself among the scores of tech workers thinking through your transition, or you’re an executive making difficult choices about your operations, The Hedgehog Principle represent a simple, yet insightful filter to help you make better decisions around where to focus your most valuable resource: time. 

As you climb the ladder, who’s gonna call you out?


With fewer people around us, who do we turn to for a candid assessment of our work? ike many leaders in most organizations at this time of year, you probably find yourself in the midst of year-end performance reviews. But as an ascending leader, you may find yourself without the benefit of honest feedback – few are bold enough to give criticism at this critical time in your career.

A leadership lesson from my 18 year-old son…

I’m the proud father of four sons. Miles is my oldest still in the house, a senior who outperforms academically, while also serving as the captain of the high school wrestling team at 160 lbs. 

He has a certain quiet confidence about him.  His presence is generally calm, yet attentive – taking in his surroundings and being thoughtful when it comes to how he manages circumstances around him. 

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